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NIH National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

Established in 1988, NIDCD is mandated to conduct and support biomedical and behavioral research and research training in the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language. The Institute also conducts and supports research and research training related to disease prevention and health promotion; addresses special biomedical and behavioral problems associated with people who have communication impairments or disorders; and supports efforts to create devices which substitute for lost and impaired sensory and communication function. NIDCD has focused national attention on disorders of human communication and has contributed to advances in biomedical and behavioral research that will improve the lives of millions of individuals with communication disorders.

Review Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2015

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American Academy of Otolaryngology--Head and Neck Surgery

The American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery (AAO-HNS) is the world's largest organization representing specialists who treat the ear, nose, throat, and related structures of the head and neck. The Academy represents more than 12,000 otolaryngologist—head and neck surgeons who diagnose and treat disorders of those areas. The AAO-HNS Foundation works to advance the art, science, and ethical practice of otolaryngology-head and neck surgery through education, research, and lifelong learning.

Review Date: Friday, December 16, 2011

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Vestibular Disorders Association

The Vestibular Disorders Association (VEDA), formerly the Dizziness and Balance Disorders Association of America, was founded in 1983 as a nonprofit, membership organization that provides a support network for people coping with dizziness and balance disorders. VEDA acts as a resource for information and services on balance disorders, specifically vestibular disorders, and seeks to educate the public and health professionals. VEDA also supports activites that improve the quality of life for people affected by dizziness and balance disorders. Fees are charged for some publications.

Review Date: Friday, September 24, 2010

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