Ear Center: Dr. William House, DDS, M.D.

William F. House, DDS, M.D.In the 1960's,Dr. William House developed and implanted the first cochlear implant, providing the opportunity to hear for deaf and hard of hearing patients whose condition could not be improved by hearing aids or other means.

Dr. House was the founder of Hearing for Children, a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization dedicated to making cochlear implants available worldwide to as many needy and deserving deaf children and adults as possible. This is accomplished by outright gifting of implants, providing low or no interest loans for their purchase, and by promoting cost-effective research to create low-cost, high quality, safe and effective cochlear implants.




William F. House, D.D.S, M.D.

Dr. House was a remarkable medical pioneer and genuine visionary. Some of his major contributions to the field of Otolaryngology-Head & Neck Surgery include:

  • Ear microsurgery
  • Otosclerosis surgery
  • Facial recess approach
  • Endolymphatic shunt
  • Middle fossa approach
  • Translabyrinthine approach
  • Cochlear implants
  • Cochlear nucleus implants
  • Electrophonic hearing theory
  • Neurotology

Dr. House died on December 7, 2012 at the age of 89 years (1923-2012). He was a quintessential visionary, medical pioneer, thoughtful thinker, teacher, mentor, and friend. "Dr. Bill" advanced the field of otorhinolaryngology more than any other single physician in history.

Read more about Dr. House at Wikipedia.

Edited for the Web by Dr. Eric M. Kraus and presented with Dr. William House's permission