A couple of guys working to make sure everyone can hear to their full potential
Wayne Barber MD, FACS
Yale Medical School,
Residency at Harvard Mass Eye & Ear - Mass General Hospital
Ear disease has been my primary clinical, surgical and research focus since my residency at Harvard (a few decades ago). Treating pediatric hearing loss provided me with challenges and a chance to meet concerned loving parents needing safe resolution and in some instances, surgery for their child.
Early detection and intervention nearly always resulted in optimum outcomes and in cases of delay, resulted in destructive changes to the child’s middle and inner ears.
On the personal side, I’ve been involved with the lives of my (now grown) daughters, leading me to participate in their school life. As a trustee at their schools (I’m a helicopter parent) Phillips Brooks School, Castilleja School in Palo Alto and finally Wesleyan University, I am keenly aware of the needs of the classroom teacher /parent environment.
Central to the success in high achieving learning environments are at a minimum, healthy set of ears. Many young students are mislabeled as slow learners or behavioral challenges when they simply can’t hear well even out of one ear.
Recent sets of studies from Harvard’s Eaton Peabody Labs implicate permanent hearing nerve damage and brain related auditory problems caused by commonly missed chronic fluid retention behind the eardrum. The KidsHearing game is the direct outcome of that shocking data. Putting hearing screening in the hands of parents and teachers allows for earlier intervention and prevention of irreversible ear disease.
Dave D. Miller
M.S. Stanford University
Father, Entrepreneur, Technologist, Optimist, and Cyclist. Motivated by my own 'bad' hearing, I will bring my technical skills to bear on this problem. I have held a number of executive positions at startups including Pixo, Airzip, and Chromatic Research. As well as managing large projects in companies like Adobe and Silicon Graphics Inc. I have a MS from Stanford University and a BS from MIT.
Partner Portola Company 1981-present
Blue Mountain Minerals
BSIE Oklahoma State University
MBA Stanford University
DPhil Oxford University
San Francisco, CA
Steven D. Rauch, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair
for Clinical Research
Dept of Otolaryngology
Harvard Medical School
Chief, Vestibular Division
Member, Otology Division
Mass Eye & Ear and
Mass General Hospital
With more than 30 years of experience in otolaryngology, Dr. Steven Rauch specializes in otology, the diagnosis, medical, and surgical management of hearing and balance disorders. A graduate of Amherst College, Dr. Rauch received his medical degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine prior to joining Mass. Eye and Ear/Harvard Medical School for his residency in otolaryngology. Upon completion of his training in 1984, Dr. Rauch joined the Department as a full-time faculty member of the otology service and is now a Professor of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School.
Dr. Rauch’s leadership and expertise in balance disorders led to the formation of a new Vestibular Division at Mass. Eye and Ear in 2014, with Dr. Rauch serving as Division Chief. The Division brings together specialists from both otolaryngology and neurology to provide highly specialized clinical care and research initiatives with the goal of improving the lives of patients with vestibular and balance disorders.
An active participant in the otolaryngology and research communities, Dr. Rauch has served as a member of the Board of Scientific Councilors of the NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) and as President of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO). He is also a Past Chair of the Research Advisory Board of the American Academy of Otolaryngology—Head and Neck Surgery. He is a member of the American Otological Society and the American Neurotological Society. He sits on numerous grant review, editorial, and advisory boards here in the U.S. and internationally. He is currently a Vice Chair of Academic Affairs for the Department of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and Chair of the Human Studies Committee at Mass. Eye and Ear.
Dr. Rauch’s clinical interests include both hearing and balance disorders. He focuses his research efforts on combined disorders of hearing and balance, particularly Ménière’s disease, autoimmune inner ear disease, sudden deafness, and migraine. Dr. Rauch has also cultivated an interest in performing arts medicine. He is an Adjunct Professor in the Liberal Arts Department at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches a course on Health and Wellness for undergraduate music students.
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