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American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS)

Executive Vice President: David R. Nielsen, M.D.
Public Information Contact: Jeanne McIntyre, Director of Communications
Address: 1650 Diagonal Road
Voice: (703) 836-4444
Fax: (703) 683-5100
Internet: www.entnet.org
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The nonprofit American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) strives to unite, serve, and represent the interests of ear, nose, and throat specialists and their patients to the public, government, other medical specialists, and related organizations. AAO-HNS provides leaflets and geographic lists of physicians to the public at no charge. Holds annual meeting; contact AAO-HNS for date and location. AAO-HNS provides a professional bulletin, journal, directory, books, and other materials. Professional/consumer publications are available online and in print, with some in Spanish.

Publications:
The Bulletin
Frequency: monthly
Type: professional magazine
Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery
Frequency: monthly
Type: scientific journal

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American Broncho-Esophagological Association (ABEA)

President: Andrew Blitzer, M.D., D.D.S.
Public Information Contact: Gregory Grillone, M.D.
Address: Boston Medical Center, FGH Bldg., 820 Harrison Avenue
Voice: (617) 638-7934
Internet: www.abea.net
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The American Broncho-Esophagological Association (ABEA) is an association of physicians with interest in the function and diseases of the upper aerodigestive tract and the relevant applications of endoscopy. The goals of ABEA are to educate and update physicians in evaluating and managing aerodigestive tract disorders; stimulate and support basic and clinical research; advocate and support endoscopy training in residency and fellowship programs; and provide information useful to patients, industry, scientists, physicians, and other health care professionals at a national otolaryngology meeting.

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Hearing Health Foundation

Executive Director: Andrea Boidman
Associate, Development and Operations: Leticia Bido
Address: 363 Seventh Avenue, 10th Floor
Voice: (212) 257-6140
Toll-free Voice: (866) 454-3924
TTY: (888) 435-6104
Toll-free TTY: (888) 435-6104
Fax: (212) 257-6139
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The Hearing Health Foundation's mission is to help individuals attain a lifetime of healthy hearing and balance through quality research, education, and advocacy. Throughout its 53-year history, the Hearing Health Foundation (formerly the Deafness Research Foundation) has awarded over 2,200 grants totaling more than $26 million to researchers exploring new avenues in hearing and balance science. Foundation-funded research has led to innovations in the diagnosis and treatment of otitis media (middle ear infections), cochlear implants, and implantable hearing aids as well as breakthroughs in molecular biology and hair cell regeneration.

Publications:
Hearing Health
Frequency: quarterly
Type: magazine
Hearing Health E-News
Frequency: monthly
Type: e-newsletter

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National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD)

Director: James F. Battey, Jr., M.D., Ph.D.
Public Information Contact: Susan Dambrauskas, Chief, Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison
Address: Office of Health Communication and Public Liaison, 31 Center Drive, MSC 2320
Voice: (301) 496-7243
Toll-free Voice: (800) 241-1044
Toll-free TTY: (800) 241-1055
Fax: (301) 402-0018
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), one of the National Institutes of Health, supports and conducts research and research training on the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, taste, smell, voice, speech, and language. The NIDCD develops health information based on scientific discovery and disseminates it to the public. In October 2008, the NIDCD launched It's a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing (www.noisyplanet.nidcd.nih.gov). This national campaign is designed to increase awareness among parents of youth ages 8 to 12 about the causes and prevention of noise-induced hearing loss. The NIDCD provides a toll-free telephone service through its information clearinghouse. Fact sheets, brochures, teaching curricula, and reports are available, with many in Spanish.

Publications:
Inside
Frequency: quarterly
Type: newsletter
NIDCD Resources Directory
Frequency: biannual
Type: print and online directory of organizations and their resources

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Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Foundation (RRPF)

Director: Bill Stern
Address: P.O. Box 6643
Voice: (609) 530-1443
Fax: (866) 498-7559
Internet: www.rrpf.org
Last updated: 2011 Jun 30

Description:
The Recurrent Respiratory Papillomatosis Foundation (RRPF) was created to provide family support; promote public awareness; and aid in the prevention, cure, and treatment of recurrent respiratory papillomatosis (RRP), a rare disease that affects the voice. The most common symptoms of RRP are a hoarse or strained voice, dysphonia (difficulty in speaking), or aphonia (loss of voice). The organization focuses primarily on networking within the RRP community, including patients, families, medical practitioners, and researchers. Its goal is to stimulate more RRP-related research that may lead to more effective treatments and, ultimately, a cure for this disease. Professional/consumer brochures/pamphlets are available.

Publications:
RRP Medical Reference Service
Frequency: annually produced
Type: listing of current references/abstracts
RRP Newsletter
Frequency: published annually
Type: other

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