Adult hearing loss will be the topic of discussion in a public forum on Tuesday, March 23, at the Health Museum of Houston.

The forum will feature Dr. Frank Probst, assistant professor of molecular and human genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Dr. John Oghalai, associate professor of otolaryngology – head and neck surgery at BCM and director of The Hearing Center at Texas Children's Hospital, and Dr. Richard Lewis, professor of ophthalmology at BCM.

The panel will discuss how changes in genes can cause some types of adult hearing loss and provide an overview of current treatments and research. Information about local resources for hearing losses also will be provided.

Approximately 17 percent (36 million) of American adults report some degree of hearing loss.

Sponsored by BCM and Texas Children's Hospital, the event is part of the monthly "Evening with Genetics" lecture series organized by BCM's Department of Molecular and Human Genetics. The series offers current information regarding care, education and research about genetic disorders.

The program is free and open to the public. It will be held at 7 p.m. at The Health Museum of Houston, 1515 Hermann Drive. For more information, contact Susan Fernbach at 832-822-4182 or