Oct 1, 2003 12:00 PM
House Ear Institute Founder Dies
Howard Payne House, MD, founder of the House Ear Institute (HEI) and pioneering ear specialist, died recently in Los Angeles at the age of 95. House established HEI in 1946 as a research facility dedicated to the advancement of hearing research and practiced otology at the House Ear Clinic in Los Angeles. During his 64-year medical career, House treated thousands of patients, including Howard Hughes, Bob and Dolores Hope, Nanette Fabray, Phyllis Diller, Florence Henderson and former President Ronald Reagan. A graduate of University of Southern California Medical School, House perfected the wire loop technique to replace the stapes bone of the middle ear and developed procedures to reconstruct middle-ear parts.
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