The Fall 2008 issue of NIH MedlinePlus magazine features a special section titled “Focus on Communication,” which highlights research of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders.

The special section includes articles that present personal perspectives on newborn hearing screening, cochlear implants, balance disorders, smell disorders, voice disorders, and other related topics.

The cover story includes an interview with author Lee Woodruff, wife of ABC news anchor and reporter Bob Woodruff, who suffered a traumatic brain injury in Iraq. Ms Woodruff offers a candid view of how the family has been able to cope with Mr Woodruff’s injury and also the hearing loss of their daughter, Nora.

Also featured is NIDCD’s new education campaign against noise-induced hearing loss, It’s a Noisy Planet. Protect Their Hearing.

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The section commemorates NIDCD’s twentieth anniversary, which took place in October 2008. NIH MedlinePlus is a quarterly magazine of the National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health.
NIDCD supports and conducts research and research training on the normal and disordered processes of hearing, balance, smell, taste, voice, speech, and language and provides health information, based upon scientific discovery, to the public.