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 Andrea De Moss
Contact email info@houghear.org
Address 3400 NW 56th Street
Suite A
Oklahoma City, OK 73112
Phone (405) 639-2873
Fax 405-639-2877
County Oklahoma County
How to Give
Donate with Credit Card https://houghear.org/donate/
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.
For 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 $2,963,289.00
Projected Expenses $2,963,289.00
History and Background
Year Founded 1997
IRS Ruling Year 1997
State Registration Expiration Feb 2021
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 University of Oklahoma 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, HEI has 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
-pioneered new findings 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 Phase 2 clinical trials as of 2020).
-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 was proud to receive this type of funding and support from the DoD.
Needs As we draw closer to breakthroughs replicating results and working through the many stages of FDA approval, the costs of research grows exponentially. We believe in this research and the results we have already achieved. As such we 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. 
In 2018 we were able to establish plans with a hospital in Vietnam to train new surgeons to perform cochlear implants where there were none to help the thousands of children and adults in need of this revolutionary aid. 
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 acquired hearing loss. 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.
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 travel further through FDA approval and closer to a clinical offering.
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 workforce 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. This is revolutionary, and in 2018 was featured on the cover of Molecular Therapy - a peer reviewed scientific journal. 
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
Justin De MossChief Philanthropy Officer
Matthew WestChief Operating Officer
Number of Full-time Staff 15
Number of Part-time Staff 3
Number of Contract Staff 0
Number of Volunteers 0
Staff Retention Rate 90
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 8
Caucasian 9
Staff Demographics - Gender
Male 11
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.
Association of Fundraising Professionals - Oklahoma Chapter2019
Chamber of Commerce2019
Greater Oklahoma City Chamber2019
Oklahoma Center for Nonprofits, Standards of Excellence Program Graduate2019
Certificate of MeritResource Exchange International2019
Government Licenses
Is your organization licensed by the government (federal, state and/or local)? No
Board Chair
Name Mr. Bob Funk
Company Affiliation Prodigal
Term Dec 2019 to Dec 2023
Board of Directors
List Current as of Jan 31, 2020
Board of Directors List
Dr. R. Kent Dyer Jr.Otological Medical ClinicVoting
Mr. Bob Funk Jr.ProdigalVoting
Mr. David GilloglyRetiredVoting
Mrs Hannah HomburgUniversity of Oklahoma Health Science CenterVoting
Dr. David HoughHearing CareVoting
Mr. Kirk HumphreysHumphreys, Co.Voting
Dr. Richard D KopkeHough Ear InstituteVoting
Mr. Jeremie KubicekGiANT CompaniesVoting
Mr. Michael LaBrieMcAfee & TaftVoting
Mrs. Jodi LewisOklahoma Municipal LeagueVoting
Dr. Michael McGeeOtologic Medical ClinicVoting
Mr. Steve TriceJASCO ProductsVoting
Board Demographics - Ethnicity
African American/Black 0
Asian American/Pacific Islander 0
Caucasian 11
Hispanic/Latino 0
Native American/American Indian 0
Other 0
Board Demographics - Gender
Male 12
Female 2
Standing Committees
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, 2020-Dec 31, 2020
Current Year Budgeted Total Income $2,963,289
Current Year Budgeted Total Expenses $2,963,289
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 Year201820172016
Total Revenue$1,320,348$1,619,410$1,382,193
Total Expenses$2,099,589$1,551,664$1,540,697
Revenue Less Expenses($779,241)$67,746($158,504)
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 Year201820172016
Foundation and
Corporation Contributions
Government Contributions$0$0$0
Individual Contributions------
Investment Income, Net of Losses$4,356$5,968$2,602
Unrealized Gain/Loss------
Membership Dues------
Special Events------
Revenue In-Kind------
Expense Allocation
Fiscal Year201820172016
Program Expense$1,406,737$1,085,208$1,264,257
Administration Expense$586,219$392,226$276,440
Fundraising Expense$106,633$74,230--
Payments to Affiliates------
Total Revenue/Total Expenses0.631.040.90
Program Expense/Total Expenses67%70%82%
Fundraising Expense/Contributed Revenue16%8%0%
Assets and Liabilities
Fiscal Year201820172016
Total Assets$3,813,152$4,592,393$4,524,647
Current Assets$1,178,219$2,072,021$1,934,646
Long-Term Liabilities------
Current Liabilities------
Total Net Assets$3,813,152$4,592,393$4,524,647
Short Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Current Ratio: Current Assets/Current Liabilities------
Long Term Solvency
Fiscal Year201820172016
Long-Term Liabilities/Total Assets0%0%0%
Funding Sources
Top Funding Sources
Fiscal Year201820172016
Top Funding Source & Dollar AmountEarned Revenue $665,225Contributions $880,672Earned Revenue $1,032,342
Second Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountContributions $650,767Earned Revenue $714,770Contributions $634,795
Third Highest Funding Source & Dollar AmountInvestment Income $4,356Other $18,000Other $79,729
Endowment? No
Endowment Spending Policy N/A
Credit Line? No
Reserve Fund? Yes
Capital Campaign
Currently in a Capital Campaign? No
Capital Campaign Anticipated in Next Five Years? Yes
Comments on Financials
Foundation Staff Comments
All prior year financial information is from the IRS Form 990s.
Note 1:  Fiscal year 2018 audit will be uploaded after the conversion of the new GiveSmart platform.    
Note 2:  In fiscal 2016, ($367,275) adjustment was made for a prior period adjustments.   This amount is included in the "Other" revenue.    
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 405 639-2873
Contact Email info@houghear.org
Give with Credit Card https://houghear.org/donate/
CEO/Executive Director Richard Kopke
Board Chair Mr. Bob Funk
Board Chair Company Affiliation Prodigal