Reflections on the Last 25 Years of the American Otological Society and Thoughts on its Future

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Abstract

Purpose:

To review contributions of the American Otological Society (AOS) over the most recent quarter century (1993–2018) and to comment on possible future evolution of the field during the quarter century to come.

Methods:

Retrospective review of selected topics from the AOS transactions, distinguished lectureships over the past 25 years, and selective reflection by the authors. Speculation on potential advances of the next quarter century derived from emerging topics in the current literature and foreseeable trends in science and technology are also proffered for consideration (and possible future ridicule).

Results:

Integration of multiple disciplines including bioengineering, medical imaging, genetics, molecular biology, physics, and evidence based medicine have substantially benefitted the practice of otology over the past quarter century. The impact of the contributions of members of the AOS in these developments cannot be over estimated.

Conclusions:

Further scientific advancement will certainly accelerate change in the practice of otologic surgery and medicine over the coming decade in ways that will be marvelous to behold.

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