An Institute of Medicine (IOM) panel has released its 100 Initial Priority Topics for Comparative Effectiveness Research. Listed within the top 25 is a recommendation to compare the effectiveness of the different treatments for hearing loss in children and adults, especially individuals with diverse cultural, language, medical, and developmental backgrounds.

The recommendations were developed in response to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA), which has provided funding of $1.1 billion to begin comparative effectiveness research and called on the IOM to develop research priorities. Although the priorities are not official policies of the IOM, the recommendations will likely influence where funding dollars will be allocated, says AG Bell, Washington.

[Source: AG Bell]