About Ear, Nose, and Throat
The ears, nose, and throat are often treated and studied together; a series of common pathways connect them, and some of their duties are related, such as speaking and hearing. Ears convert soundwaves in the air into electrical and chemical signals to the brain, and also help control balance. With each breath, the nose filters particulates out of the air and detects odors and scents. Air then passes through the throat, which contains the larynx, or voice box. The sensory function of these areas is valuable, but because of their sensitivity, they can become irritated or impaired easily: the nose and sinuses can become congested or infected; damage to ears can cause dizziness or a loss of hearing; and throat disorders disrupt speaking or swallowing. The common airways and passages between these organs mean that an infection that starts in the sinuses could quickly travel to the throat or ears; painful earaches are one of the most common reasons that children are taken to the hospital.
Loss of Smell after COVID Study – Ages 6-17
Has your child (ages 6-17) lost their sense of smell? Could it be from COVID-19 infection? Your child may be able to participate in a study that is looking at the effects of smell retraining therapy for those who have lost their sense of smell due to COVID-19 infection. This study involves up to 4 visits over one year and being randomly assigned to one of two treatments for loss of smell.
American Sign Language (ASL) Study – Deaf Children
Are you the parent of a deaf child ages 7-13? Does your child use ASL to communicate and is able to read written English? If so, your child may be eligible to participate in a study to help researchers understand if the age one learns ASL affects their ability to understand and use ASL and written English. Involves 2 in-person visits lasting about 1.5-2 hours each. Compensation provided.