Doctor’s Research on Hearing Recognized by Peers

June 09, 2005

            Research by a University of Rochester Medical Center physician on the effects of hormones on hearing has been cited as the most important research by a young doctor in the field in 2005 by the American Academy of Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery.

            Otolaryngologist Scott Thompson, M.D., a resident in the Department of Otolaryngology, is part of a team studying the effects of hormone-replacement therapy on hearing. He found that estrogen is crucial for good hearing in female mice. Now he and colleagues are looking at the same issue in women.

            Thompson will receive the society’s Resident Award in Basic Research at its annual meeting in Los Angeles in September.

            Thompson did much of the work through the International Center for Hearing and Speech Research (ICHSR), a group of scientists from the University of Rochester and the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at Rochester Institute of Technology that comprises one of the world’s leading groups on age-related hearing loss. Thompson’s research was also sponsored by the American Academy of Otolaryngology.

            As part of the award, Thompson will have his work published by the premier journal in the field, Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery. Thompson is one of more than 12,000 members of the association, which is made up of doctors nationwide who diagnose and treat disorders of the ears, nose, and throat.

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