The Real Dr. House, R.I.P.
December 13, 2012 3:53 PM Subscribe
William F. House
, known by many in the field as the "Father of Neurotology," has died at the age of 89. Dr. House is credited with developing the cochlear implant
, pioneering the use of the operative microscope in ear and brain surgery, and, with his brother Howard, establishing the House Ear Institute
The cochlear implant, which Dr. House developed despite opposition from the ENT community at the time, has transformed the lives of hundreds of thousands of hearing impaired and profoundly deaf children and adults, by making everyday sounds audible.
One of Dr. House's most famous patients was astronaut Alan Shepard, who, after becoming the first American in space, was grounded due to debilitating vertigo from Meniere's disease
. House developed and performed an endolymphatic shunt
procedure on Shepard, who was then able to return to space on Apollo 14.
(And I must include a previous thread
that shows an 8-month-old baby's cochlear implant activation.)