House Research Institute Presents 'Hear the Experts' at the Directors Guild of America in New York

New York Times Best-Selling Author Lee Woodruff Will Open the Evening with a Brief Talk

Los Angeles, CA – April 17, 2012 – The House Research Institute is proud to present Hear the Experts, an entertaining and informative evening dedicated to educating adults about common hearing health concerns affecting them or their friends and loved ones. Best-selling author and “CBS This Morning” Contributor, Lee Woodruff will be speaking as well as serving as the emcee for the evening.

The event – free to the public – will be presented at the Directors Guild of America theater in New York City on May 15, 2012, from 7:30 pm until 9:00 pm. The DGA theater is located at 110 West 57th Street. The program will engage the audience in a dynamic, interactive discussion about the hearing loss issues of greatest concern to the public today; common misconceptions about hearing loss; treatment options, including a realistic look at what today’s hearing aids and implants can and cannot do; and the cell, molecular and genetic studies underway to uncover revolutionary treatment possibilities in the future.

Today, there are more than 36 million adults in America with reported cases of hearing loss; millions more cases of hearing loss remain unreported. Hearing loss cases among adolescents has increased 30% over the course of the last decade, now affecting an estimated one in five teenagers.

“Hearing loss can have a dramatic impact on a person’s everyday life. The scientists at the House Research Institute are working to find the causes of hearing loss and to develop new technology to treat hearing loss. We hope people in New York will join us for a fun and informative evening,” said James Boswell, chief executive officer, House Research Institute.

Panelists for the Hear the Experts forum include Clinical Otologist and House Research Institute Researcher Joni K. Doherty, MD, PhD, FACS; the institute’s EVP of Research Neil Segil, Ph.D.; and New York Eye and Ear Infirmary Audiologist Elizabeth L. Davis, MA/CCC-A.

The program is interactive, with the audience playing a key role in the events of the evening. Audience voting equipment will be used to quiz the audience’s knowledge on each question posed by the moderator before the experts shed light on the correct answers. The evening will conclude with a valuable prize presented on stage to the audience member who answered the most questions correctly, followed by a 15-minute audience Q&A.

To register for the event, please visit hearingNY.houseresearch.org. Long-time House Research Institute supporter Florence Henderson is lending her voice to the institute’s campaign on Crowdrise, www.crowdrise.com/houseresearch.

Lee Woodruff

As co-author of the best-selling In an Instant, Lee Woodruff garnered critical acclaim for the compelling and humorous chronicle of her family’s journey to recovery following her husband Bob’s roadside bomb injury in Iraq. Appearing together on national television and radio since the February 2007 publication of their book, the couple has helped put a face on the serious issue of traumatic brain injury among returning Iraq war veterans, as well as the millions of Americans who live with this often invisible, but life-changing affliction. They have founded the Bob Woodruff Foundation (ReMind.org) to assist wounded service members and their families receive the long-term care that they need and help them successfully reintegrate into their communities.

Woodruff is a contributing reporter for “CBS This Morning,” reporting on a variety of home, current events and family related topics. Her best-selling book “Perfectly Imperfect – A Life in Progress,” will be followed by her first novel, “Those We Love Most” which will be published in September 2012.

Collaborative Partners

The House Research Institute is pleased to share this important evening with corporate partners Oticon Medical, Cochlear Americas and Amplicom USA, as well as collaborating partners from the New York City area: Children’s Health Fund, Children’s Tumor Foundation, New York Eye and Ear Infirmary, Hearing Health Foundation, and Lexington School for the Deaf. The sponsors and partners will have representatives on hand to introduce people to the options in services and technology for hearing health in the New York area.

About the House Research Institute

The House Research Institute, formerly the House Ear Institute, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to improving the quality of life for people with hearing loss and related disorders through scientific research, patient care, and the sharing of knowledge. Institute scientists research the auditory system, at the level of function, as well as at the cellular, molecular and genetic levels. We also explore the neurological interactions between the auditory system and brain, and study ways to improve auditory implants, diagnostics, clinical treatments and intervention methods. We share our knowledge with the scientific and medical communities as well as the general public through our education and outreach programs. For more information about the House Research Institute, please call (800) 388-8612 or (213) 483-4431, E-mail info@hei.org or visit www.houseresearch.org