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International Hearing Foundation

                  International Hearing Foundation

Physicians from around the world travel to the IHF teaching laboratories in Minneapolis to study and do research under the direction of Dr. Michael Paparella. At the teaching lab, electrophysiology and molecular biology help to illuminate surgical anatomy and clinical pathophysiology of the ear. The IHF lab contains one of the worlds largest collections of temporal bone, which aids in the research of ear disease and hearing related problems.
Dr. Paparella, a world-renowned expert in otolaryngology and chairman of the otopathology lab at the University of Minnesota, founded IHF in 1984 to support hearing-related service, education, and research. Headquartered in Minneapolis, IHF is an affiliate of the Minnesota Medical Foundation, an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is one of four foundations recognized by the University of Minnesota. MMF raises millions of dollars annually in support of the University of Minnesota Medical School, School of Public Health, Cancer Center, and related units in the Universitys Academic Health Center.
IHF is dedicated to learning more about hearing problems, about cures, and to educate doctors around the world. IHF has sponsored teams of doctors that have traveled to Senegal, Peru, Brazil, Chile and Cuba. These teams have volunteered their time and services doing operations, treating patients in clinics, and teaching local doctors about modern day treatments for ear disease. In each of these trips IHF has donated much needed medical supplies. IHF also helped to create a Deaf School in Chile.
SERVICES: Through it national and worldwide programs, services and events, the International Hearing Foundation provides hope, friendship and courage to the millions sufferings from hearing related problems and ear disease.
•    Menieres Disease and Tinnitus Support Groups
•    Foreign Fellowships with research in Minnesota
•    Program to recycle hearing aids
•    National hearing-related research
•    International donations of medical supplies
•    Free Childrens Deafness Clinic
•    Chilean School for the Deaf Project
•    International physician-exchange program
Our clinic, founded by Dr. Michael Paparella, Paparella Ear Head and Neck Institute provides adult and pediatric ENT care and specializes in the treatment of Menieres disease, tinnitus, hearing loss, sinusitis and sleep and voice disorders. In addition, the clinic offers complete audiologic testing for hearing loss and treatment with the newest technology in hearing assistive devices plus hearing protection and even blue tooth devices through it’s hearing division, The Hearing Institute. For more information or to schedule an appointment please visit their site at

: The International Hearing Foundation, an affiliate of the Minnesota Medical Foundation, has received funding from Audiology Incorporated to support up to three projects in developing countries in 2012. The projects must be aimed at increasing access to hearing care in regions with limited service availability.

IHF is a proud sponsor of the Marlys J. Soderberg Menieres
and Tinnitus Support Group.
Menieres Disease affects the inner ear and is characterized by episodes of dizziness, vertigo and progressive hearing loss. Tinnitus is a disease that produces buzzing or constant ringing in the ears. Both ear related diseases affect more than 40 million people
IHF offers monthly meeting at no charge for Menieres and Tinnitus sufferers and their caregivers. The meetings are held on the first Saturday of the month from 10am until Noon in the lower level auditorium of Riverside Park Plaza building (adjacent to Fairview Riverside Hospital), 701 25th Avenue South, Minneapolis, MN.
The monthly meetings are open to anyone wishing to attend. This includes, but is not limited to, patients with Menieres or Tinnitus, spouses, parents or other caregivers.
The monthly meetings focus on coping skills for these chronic diseases, as well as relating to people that share these disorders. Guest speakers in the past have included doctors, audiologists, lawyers, chiropractors, physical therapists and hypnotherapists, who share their knowledge, viewpoints and respond to questions. Group discussions are a part of the meeting and we find that sharing with true peers can be very beneficial.
Previous discussion have included:
•    Living and Coping with Menieres and Tinnitus
•    Coping in the Workplace
•    Medical Research
•    Emotional Impact
•    Exercises and Diet
•    Acupuncture