Hough Ear Institute
3400 NW 56th Street
Suite A
Oklahoma City OK 73112
Tax Exempt Status Exempt-Other
Organization Does Business As (DBA) Name(s)
Organization DBA
Hough Ear Institute
Mission Statement Hough Ear Institute is dedicated to restoring hearing worldwide through research, teaching, and humanitarian efforts.
Contact Information
Contact Name Jennifer Klakulak
Contact email info@houghear.org
Address 3400 NW 56th Street
Suite A
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Phone (405) 639-2877
Fax 405-946-5572
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card http://www.houghear.org
Other ways to donate, support or volunteer Thank you for considering a partnership with Hough Ear Institute. Donations to further hearing research can be made in a variety of ways. If you have questions concerning your giving options, please call our development office at (405) 639-2875.
At your convenience, you may make an online gift at www.houghear.org on our donation page. When visiting the donation page, you have the option of setting up an automatic monthly draft or giving a one-time gift.
Checks are always welcome in our office.
Perhaps you have considered giving some real estate away. You can make gifts of a portion or all of a piece of real estate that can be sold and the proceeds used for a project or to set up a Donor Advised Fund.
We also have the ability to receive a car, cell phone, camera, equipment or other valuable assets that you no longer need.
Farmers or ranchers who would like to make a gift of grain or cattle to charity before the asset is sold can get significant tax benefits over selling the commodity and making a cash donation. We have a representative that can help you through this process. To get the forms to us when you go to market, contact our development office for more information.
To insure that your support continues to exist after your lifetime, consider making a gift from your will, trust, retirement plan or life insurance to Hough Ear Institute at your death.
A representative from the institute can put you in touch with our agent who will help you establish a charitable trust, gift annuity or other planned gift that can pay you an income during your life and then have the principal go to a project or Donor Advised Fund. If you would like to have a Stewardship Representative contact you to discuss how to set this up, call our development office.
All of these options are viable with Hough Ear Institute. For more information, contact our Development Office at (405) 639-2875.
Financial Summary
Projected Revenue $1,853,000.00
Projected Expenses $1,853,000.00
Mission Hough Ear Institute is dedicated to restoring hearing worldwide through research, teaching, and humanitarian efforts.
The Hough Ear Institute (HEI) was established in the early 1980s under the Baptist Medical Center foundation to continue the pioneering work of Dr. Jack Hough, an internationally respected otologist. Dr. Hough began his practice in the current building in 1963. Through the years he assembled a team of outstanding otologic and neurotologic surgeons, audiologists, speech pathologists, neurophysiologists, biomedical engineers, physicists, mechanical and electrical engineers. This team represents a rare merger of medical, technological and engineering professionals who have skillfully discovered and developed new surgical procedures and medical devices now widely used throughout the world.
In 1997, HEI became an independent non-profit research organization. The Institute developed close working relationships and engaged in research projects with both Oklahoma State University and the University of Oklahoma, including the Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center and the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation. Among the most notable achievements created through the auspices of HEI has been the invention of micro-surgical procedures for the restoration of hearing to patients with otosclerosis, ossicular defects and injuries, tympanic membrane perforations and congenital abnormalities. A large number of microsurgical instruments have also been invented for these procedures. Additionally, several electromagnetic devices for bone conduction and inner ear deafness have been either totally or partially created or developed at the Institute. As a result even children and adults with total deafness can now experience the world of sound. HEI researchers collaborating with other Oklahoma scientists developed the use of laser Doppler interferometry as a method for laboratory measurement of sound transmission through the middle ear. INTEGRIS Baptist Medical Center (IMBC) has played a crucial role in HEI’s founding. HEI is privileged to be a Center of Excellence of IBMC. 
In recent history, we have played a pivotal role in the formation of hearing solutions, and we continue to make new discoveries today. Our research has produced impressive results! So far we have successfully: 
-made crucial discoveries in the creation of the cochlear implant
-pionered new finidings regarding the causes of tinnitus
-created a protective compound that will prevent hearing loss caused by exposure to a chemotherapeutic drug 
-developed an oral medication that can halt and heal hearing loss from bomb blasts (currently in FDA clinical trials)
-made new breakthroughs in regenerating mammalian hair cells.
In late 2017 Hough Ear Institute was awarded a grant from the Department of Defense to assist in continuing our research in restorative and preventative applications that could have worldwide impact for those who suffer noise induced hearing loss and are at risk of hearing damage due to occupational and other hazards. HEI was one of three awarded grants in a pool of over 70 applicants, and is proud to receive this type of funding and support from the DoD.
Needs Although we have been awarded a DoD grant to get us started in 2018, as we draw closer to breakthroughs the costs of replicating results and working toward FDA approval grows exponentially. We believe in this research and the results we have already achieved yet still seek new and recurring partnerships to guarantee the growth of these programs.
Area Served
Area Served
Geographic Area Served
From the beginning, Hough Ear Institute personnel recognized that sharing knowledge within the medical profession is of utmost importance. Thousands of physicians and allied clinicians have been trained by our personnel in short courses or seminars. A major program at Hough Ear Institute is a formal research and education Fellowship in Otology and Neurotology which is ongoing for graduate-certified otolaryngologists who wish to restrict their specialty practice to ear surgery. Through our dedication to teaching and sharing knowledge, HEI trains doctors and surgeons from around the world in order to share knowledge and expertise that would otherwise be unavailable in some countries. 
We are on the threshold of something potentially awesome, but we need your help to make it happen. We are working on a new project with inner ear sensory hair cell regeneration. Loss of inner ear sensory hair cells due to loud noise, aging and toxic medications is the leading cause of deafness affecting some 600 million people worldwide. Restoring these sensory hair cells with a regenerating medicine could restore hearing to many millions of those suffering from deafness. Regenerating these delicate inner ear sensory cells in the cochlea has been thought impossible by some, but in our lab, which is one of only a handful of labs working on this problem, we believe we have found a way to do it.
The sensory hair cell regeneration project is the project we are most excited about and we feel has the most promise for helping the greatest number of people.
This is exciting regenerative technology because it would make it possible to give the gift of hearing to people with a simple visit to their physician.
It could be effective for many causes of deafness in patients with even long standing hearing loss. It would eliminate the need for major surgery and for some, even their hearing aids would no longer be needed. This would make a huge difference for those experiencing hearing loss in third world countries who find hearing aids and batteries difficult to procure.
The ability to participate in a project of this proportion that has the possibility of tremendous advancement within the hearing community is exciting; but this is not a fast project. We predict it will take eighteen months and $930,000 to complete. To finish this project, we need your help. Please consider a donation today. 
Population Served General/Unspecified
Program Short-term SuccessHelpDescription of short-term achievement(s) or improvement(s) that will result from this program. Because of this research, the technology will be allowed to go through FDA approval.
Program Long-term SuccessHelpDescription of the ultimate change(s) that will result from this program. This may be far into the future or represent an ideal state.
About 20% of Americans, 48 million, report some degree of hearing loss. At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss. Sixty percent of the people with hearing loss are either in the work force or in educational settings. While people in the workplace with the mildest hearing losses show little or no drop in income compared to their normal hearing peers, as the hearing loss increases, so does the reduction in compensation. About 2-3 of every 1,000 children are hard of hearing or deaf. An estimated 30 school children per 1,000 have hearing loss.
The goal is to bring those totals down significantly at a cost that makes the treatment a viable option for everyone that desires to have it. When the sensory cells are regenerated, people hear. The goal would be to give hearing back to people through an in-office procedure because of this research technology. 
Program Success MonitoringHelpDescription of the tools used to measure or track program impact. Our research is based on results in the lab. When the experiments give the desired results and hearing is restored in the lab, we know we are working in the right direction.
Examples of Program SuccessHelpSpecific examples of changes in behaviors or testimonies of changes that demonstrate program success. We have successfully regenerated inner ear hair cells in mammals. 
Comments on Programs
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments The biggest challenge for this project is funding. We have an excellent and well-trained research staff to do the work but we need the supplies to perform the research. 
CEO/Executive Director
CEO/Executive Director Richard Kopke
Start Date Jan 2004
Email info@houghear.org
Experience Richard Kopke, MD established a long term friendship with Dr. Hough early in his career as an otolaryngologist, participating in teaching with Dr. Hough in the former Soviet Union in the 1990s. In 2004, Dr. Kopke retired from the US Army and was recruited to be CEO of HEI. His experience both as a clinical otologist, ear surgeon and researcher in the US military made him uniquely qualified for the position. His clinical experience in the Army exposed him to the multifaceted problems of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL), the leading cause of deafness in the military throughout the world. His research pursuits included discovering the cellular and molecular mechanisms, for NIHL, and prevention and treatment of NIHL using drug or nutraceutical approaches. He also studied aspects of drug delivery to the inner ear or cochlea and approaches to regenerate the sensory cells of the inner ear as a method to restore hearing. Dr. Kopke thus added to the expertise available at HEI for middle ear mechanics and devices by bringing vital understanding in the area of inner ear, and regenerative medicine as well as novel approaches for drug delivery to the inner ear. Dr. Hough and the HEI team pioneered work with the operating microscope, repair of the eardrum and ear bones associated with conductive deafness and these problems are now well managed. A new era has been dawning recently that involves the biology and treatment of disorders of the inner ear. Dr. Kopke has been leading the HEI team into that new frontier.
Senior Staff
Donald EwertDirector of Research
Number of Full-time Staff 11
Number of Part-time Staff 1
Number of Contract Staff 2
Number of Volunteers 2
Staff Retention Rate 100
Are professional development opportunities provided? Yes
Does CEO/Executive Director have formal evaluations? Yes
Management reports to board? Yes
Staff Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 1
Asian American/Pacific Islander 7
Caucasian 6
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 9
Female 5
Organizational Plans
Fundraising Plan Under Development
Policy against commission-based compensation for fundraising consultant No
Communication Plan Under Development
Strategic Plan Under Development
Number of Years Strategic Plan Considers N/A
Management Succession Plan Under Development
Organization Policies and Procedures Under Development
We regularly collaborate with and work at the Oklahoma Medical Research Foundation.
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Steve Trice
Company Affiliation Jasco
Term Dec 2011 to Dec 2019
Email steve@jascoproducts.com
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 02, 2018
Board of Directors List
Dr. R. Kent Dyer Jr.Otological Medical ClinicVoting
Mr. Bob Funk Jr.ProdigalVoting
Mr. David Gillogly RetiredVoting
Mr. Kirk Humphreys Humphreys, Co.Voting
Mr. Tim Johnsen INTEGRISVoting
Dr. Richard D Kopke Hough Ear InstituteVoting
Mr. Jeremie Kubicek GiANT CompaniesVoting
Mr. Michael LaBrie McAfee & TaftVoting
Dr. Michael McGee Otologic Medical ClinicVoting
Mr. Gerald Williams Interim Government SolutionsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
Caucasian 12
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Standing Committees
Advisory Board / Advisory Council
Comments on Board & Governance
CEO/Executive Director/Board Comments
In the past, our funding has come primarily from grants funded through governmental agencies; however, in recent years those funding opportunities have become more scarce with the economic down turn. We are now looking for capital from individual donors, corporations and businesses from Oklahoma, across the nation and worldwide. We believe that people in other places will be impressed with the research and data that has come about in recent years and because hearing loss is not a respecter of nationality or demographic, every person potentially has been touched through a family member or in their own life. 
While we continue to look and apply for grants of all kinds, we are also asking for the help of other generous donors who have the same passion and vision that we have to help people hear. We want relationships and lifestyles preserved so that everyone has the opportunity to communicate effectively. 
Current Fiscal Year
Fiscal Year Jan 01, 2017-Dec 31, 2017
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $1,853,000
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $1,853,000
Financial Documents
IRS Letter of Determination
Prior Three Years' Financial History
Revenue and ExpensesHelpFinancial data for prior years is entered by foundation staff based on the documents submitted by nonprofit organizations.Foundation staff members enter this information to assure consistency in the presentation of financial data across all organizations.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Revenue$1,896,509$2,371,410$2,548,049
Total Expenses$2,187,892$2,227,212$1,806,558
Revenue Less Expenses($291,383)$144,198$741,491
Revenue SourcesHelpThe financial analysis involves a comparison of the IRS Form 990 and the audit report (when available) and revenue sources may not sum to total based on reconciliation differences. Revenue from foundations and corporations may include individual contributions when not itemized separately.
Fiscal Year201520142013
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$574,872$1,151,086$937,752
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$2,263$1,386$1,576
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201520142013
Program Expense$1,104,106$1,090,674$1,268,113
Administration Expense$1,083,786$1,136,538$513,195
Fundraising Expense----$25,250
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.871.061.41
Program Expense/Total Expenses50%49%70%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue0%0%3%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201520142013
Total Assets$4,825,336$5,251,441$5,019,571
Current Assets$1,633,211$1,877,759$1,568,028
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities$142,185$276,907$189,235
Total Net Assets$4,683,151$4,974,534$4,830,336
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities11.496.788.29
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201520142013
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201520142013
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $1,156,088Govt - Fedl $1,151,086Contributions $1,410,313
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountGovt - Fedl $574,872Contributions $1,002,126Govt - State $475,680
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $96,872Earned Revenue $114,559Govt - Fedl $462,072
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Contributions may include foundations and corporations when the breakout was not available. 
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Address 3400 NW 56th Street
Suite A
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Primary Phone 405 639-2877
Contact Email info@houghear.org
Give with Credit Card http://www.houghear.org
CEO/Executive Director Richard Kopke
Board Chair Mr. Steve Trice
Board Chair Company Affiliation Jasco