The House Institute Hearing Science Accelerator is an initiative to advance biomedical research for hearing disorders for which there has long been a lack of new treatment options. We will bring together experts from within the hearing field along with thought leaders from other disciplines to spur scientific thinking past current boundaries. The ultimate ​goal of the Hearing Science Accelerator is to identify specific short, intermediate, and long-term research goals to advance the science for these specific hearing diseases. The House Institute Foundation will commit to facilitating and funding research priorities identified within each disease-specific program. Through this initiative, we aim to foster collaboration and change the approach to hearing research from iterative to innovative. 

The HSA process:  

  1. Disease research  
  2. Expert recruitment 
  3. Virtual expert collaboration  
  4. In-person conference 
    • Deliberate on literature and current research  
    • Committee meetings on subtopics within disease 
    • Prioritization of new research ideas 
  5. Publication of findings  

Conference Participation 

  • 28 experts in/around sudden hearing loss participated from 22 different institutions
  • Participants:
    • Ali Andalibi, PhD – George Mason University
    • Simon Angeli, MD – University of Miami
    • Nick Andresen, MD – Johns Hopkins University
    • Seilesh Babu, MD – Michigan Ear Institute
    • William Britt, MD – University of Alabama at Birmingham
    • Jay C. Buckey Jr., MD – Dartmouth University
    • John Butman, MD, PhD – NIH Clinical Center
    • Sujana Chandrasekhar, MD – ENT & Allergy Associates, LLP
    • David Haynes, MD – Vanderbilt University
    • Ronna Hertzano, MD, PhD – NIH NIDCD
    • Keiko Hirose, MD – Washington University
    • Michael Hoa, MD – NIH NIDCD
    • Sarah Hodge, MD – Augusta University
    • Anil Lalwani, MD – Columbia University
    • Lance Liotta, MD, PhD – George Mason University
    • Alessandra Luchini, PhD – George Mason University
    • Norma de Olivera Penido, MD, PhD – Federal University of Sao Paulo
    • Kourosh Parham, MD – University of Connecticut
    • Stefan Plontke, MD – Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg
    • Alicia Quesnel, MD – Massachusetts Eye and Ear / Harvard University
    • Steven Douglas Rauch, MD – Massachusetts Eye and Ear / Harvard University
    • James Saunders, MD – Dartmouth University
    • Reimar Schlingensiepen, MD – AudioCure Pharma GmbH
    • Seth Schwartz – MD, MPH – Virginia Mason Franciscan Health
    • William Slattery, MD – PIH Health House Ear Clinic
    • Douglas Stewart, MD – NIH NCI
    • Andrea Vambutas, MD – Northwell Health
    • Brian Westerberg, MD – University of British Columbia

Next Steps:  

  • Pending publication – Fall 2023: “House Hearing Science Accelerator: Research Priorities for Sudden Sensorineural Hearing Loss”
  • Pending results from first ever House Hearing Science Accelerator Conference 2023
    • Anticipated December 2023
  • Future topics for the HSA
    • Vestibular Schwannoma
    • Meniere’s Disease