Abstracts of the research to be presented are now available online at http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl. toc. The 2015 Annual Meeting features more than 380 oral and 180 poster presentations of new findings from across all areas of the specialty--from basic and translational science to clinical research and practice.

Physician members of the Annual Meeting's Program Advisory Committee have selected several oral presentations to highlight in recognition of research quality and innovation. Those studies include:

Depression after Hearing Loss Treatment: Results from the SMART Study
Hearing loss in older adults is associated with depressive symptoms. Do hearing aids and cochlear implants help?
Abstract: http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl/ P91. full#sec-19

Middle Ear Findings for Children with Conductive Hearing Loss
What causes children to experience hearing loss in one ear?
Abstract: http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl/ P91. full#sec-39

An Analysis of Adverse Events Reported with Balloon Sinus Procedures
Balloon sinus procedures are growing in popularity and while complications are uncommon, some can be severe.
Abstract: http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl/ P135. full#sec-3

Palliative Therapy of the Primary Tumor in M1 Head and Neck Cancer
For patients with advanced head and neck cancer, are there benefits to palliative surgery and/or radiation therapy?
Abstract: http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl/ P55. full#sec-46

Correlation of Pediatric Sleep Endoscopy with Polysomnography
Does the scoring of an anatomic obstruction in children with obstructive sleep apnea correlate with the number of apneas or hypopneas per hour and the lowest oxygen levels recorded during a sleep study?
Abstract: http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl/ P116. full#sec-9

Nerve Monitoring in Thyroid Surgery: Litigation Fears and Realities
Is fear of litigation a justifiable reason for using nerve monitoring during thyroid surgery?
Abstract: http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl/ P32. full#sec-10

Implementation of a Clinical Care Pathway for Epistaxis Management
Does establishing a care pathway improve management of patients with severe nosebleeds?
Abstract: http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl/ P45. full#sec-17

Ciprofloxacin Decreases Collagen in Tympanic Membrane Fibroblasts
How does the ciprofloxacin in ear drops affect the eardrum's collagen production and its capacity to heal?
Abstract: http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl/ P91. full#sec-10

Congenital Cholesteatoma: Results Using Over-Under Tympanoplasty
A congenital cholesteatoma is an abnormal growth beneath the eardrum, present from birth. Is this surgical technique a safe treatment option?
Abstract: http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl/ P91. full#sec-15

Magnesium Disorders Are Related to Hypocalcemia after Thyroidectomy
What role does magnesium have on low calcium blood levels after thyroid surgery, costs of care, and length of hospitalization?
Abstract: http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl/ P37. full#sec-3

The selected studies will be presented during the "Best of Orals" session on Sunday, September 27, at 10:00 am in Room C141 of the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center.

Long-term Outcomes of Cranial Nerve Stimulation for OSA
What are the long-term outcomes related to sleep and quality of life for patients with obstructive sleep apnea treated with cranial nerve stimulation?
Abstract: http://oto. sagepub. com/ content/ 153/ 1_suppl/ P145. full#sec-13