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Astute Clinician Lecture To Feature Cochlear Implant Expert

A pioneer in the field of cochlear implantation, Dr. Richard T. Miyamoto will speak at the sixth Astute Clinician Lecture on Wednesday, Nov. 5 at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. "Cochlear Implants: Past, Present and Future," is the title of Miyamoto's remarks. He is the Arilla Spence DeVault professor and chairman of the department of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Dr. Richard T. Miyamoto
Cochlear implants allow many deaf individuals to hear — often for the first time. Miyamoto has been implanting these life-changing devices in the ears of adults and children for many years. His research has focused on early identification and intervention in hearing loss. This has led to lowering the appropriate age limit for identification of hearing loss to as early as 3 months, and the appropriate intervention to as early as 6 months. When conventional hearing aids don't work, cochlear implants are an option.

When an implantation is done correctly, Miyamoto determined, the risk at such an early age is no greater than for older children. And it is anatomically feasible because the cochlea is the same configuration at birth as it is in adulthood. His research has determined that early intervention with cochlear implants results in improved speech and language skills.

Miyamoto received a B.S. degree from Wheaton College, an M.D. from the University of Michigan, and an M.S. in otology from the University of Southern California. He was awarded a doctor of engineering degree from the Rose Hulman Institute of Technology. He completed his residency at Indiana University and a fellowship in otology and neurotology at the House Ear Institute.

He has served as president of the American Neurotology Society, president of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology, president of the William F. House Society and vice-president of the Triological Society. He is a member of the board of scientific trustees of the Deafness Research Foundation and is a member of the medical advisory board of the National Organization for Hearing Research. He serves on the Indiana Speech and Hearing Licensing Board, the executive committee of the American Auditory Society and is a director of the American Board of Otolaryngology. Miyamoto chairs the research liaison subcommittee of the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. He is associate editor for Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery and JARO.

The Astute Clinician Lecture was established through a gift from Haruko and Robert W. Miller, M.D. It honors a U.S. scientist who has observed an unusual clinical occurrence, and by investigating it, has opened an important new avenue of research.

The talk is an NIH Director's Wednesday Afternoon Lecture Series event, hosted by the Clinical Center. For information and reasonable accommodation for the lecture, contact Hilda Madine, 594-5595.

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