For kids with ear infections, it can be tricky to sort out which will clear up on their own and which might cause long-term problems.

Developing measures that could help doctors make that call before surgery to place ear tubes is among the bench-to-bedside projects included under an $11 million grant to Boys Town National Research Hospital. A branch of the National Institutes of Health awarded the grant.

The grant follows on a $11.3 million grant in 2014 that helped Boys Town recruit several senior scientists and build a state-of-the art room that allows for research using augmented and virtual reality.

Lori Leibold, director of the hospital’s Center for Hearing Research, said the new grant will allow Boys Town to recruit another group of scientists, for a total of 10 between the two awards.

Boys Town, she said, has been a leading center for hearing research in kids. The funding allows the institution to expand its capabilities in speech and language as well as cognitive development in children with communication disorders.

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Julie Anderson is a medical reporter for The World-Herald. She covers health care and health care trends and developments, including hospitals, research and treatments. Follow her on Twitter @JulieAnderson41. Phone: 402-444-1066.

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