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Kennth Vaden, Ph.D. is researching Speech Recognition; Neural Representations; Adaptive Control; and Central Auditory Processing Disorder (CAPD). Dr. Vaden long term expected outcome from this line of research is to develop neural endophenotypes and methods to enhance characterization of CAPD. A control system that modulates auditory cortex activity could also provide a brain mechanism to guide future interventions. Dr. Vaden studies brain systems that support speech communication and how these change with age. His research is funded by the General Grand Chapter Royal Arch Masons International. Meet the 2015 Emerging Researchers.
 
Hearing Health Foundation's Hearing Restoration Project (HRP) scientist, Stefan Heller, was published in Cell Reports on June 9, 2015. Heller's lab identified patterns of gene expression that my determine whether the ear's inner pillar cells can give rise to new hair cells, which are key to hearing. This discovery could lead to new ways of evaluating, in animal models, experimental drug treatments intended to prevent hearing loss or restore hearing. Learn more about the HRP, Heller's research and the path to a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.
 
 
Help us change the course of hearing research and find a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus! Hearing Health Foundation’s “Name a Research Grant” program enables donors to name and fund a specific research grant in their name or in honor or memory of a loved one.
 
We're currently planning for our 2016 grant cycle. If you're interested in naming a research grant in any discipline within the hearing and balance space, such as Usher Syndrome, hyperacusis, stria, or tinnitus, please contact development@hhf.org
 
Puro Sound Labs is donating a portion of the sale of all products to HHF throughout 2015, as a Partner for Hearing Health. To demonstrate an even greater level of commitment to the cause, Puro Sound Labs is a part of HHF's Safe and Sound initiative, offered exclusively to a select group of businesses who are actively promoting hearing loss prevention and the importance of hearing health. Through thiis partnership, the goal is to raise public awareness of hearing health, including the importance of wearing adequate hearing protection to help minimize the risk of Noise-Induced Hearing Loss, the fastest growing cause of hearing loss in children and teenagers. Purchase a pair today!
 
 
 
We are all influenced by words. Some have easy, uncomplicated meanings (book, tree, house) and others carry a lot of emotional baggage (disabled, slow, delayed, etc.). When audiologists talk with families and children we are working with, we need to think carefully about how we describe children and test results. We do not want our words to interfere with our message.
 
 
Like many of you, after a fun-filled, active summer, my children are looking forward to their first day of school. This year my second child, who has hearing loss, is starting Pre-K and will be in a mainstream classroom. Read our latest blog for how to handle the beginning of the school year for parents of children with hearing loss.
 
 
 
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