Through the Hearing Restoration Project (HRP), Hearing Health Foundation is striving toward a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus, a promise that is very real. Underlying that promise is the discovery that chickens have the ability to spontaneously restore their hearing and the HRP is aiming to enable just that in humans.
BUT, we need your help to cure hearing loss and tinnitus in our lifetime.
How Can a Chicken Cure Hearing Loss and Tinnitus?
Many types of hearing loss result from damage to the delicate hair cells of the inner ear. Humans can't regrow these cells—but in a game-changing breakthrough in 1987, HHF-funded scientists discovered that birds can. Now the race is on to apply this discovery to cure hearing loss and tinnitus in humans. Learn about the Hearing Restoration Project.
A Cure Is Possible in Our Lifetime
The HRP consortium of scientists has developed a strategic research plan to develop a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus. This three-phase plan starts with discovery research and culminates in clinical trials. The plan, developed specifically by the HRP scientists and continuously updated to incorporate new findings and approaches, is a living document meant to guide but not limit the work. See our research plan and currently funded projects.
The Best Scientists at Top Universities
Our HRP consortium is the dream team of hair cell regeneration, comprising the best auditory scientists at leading institutions worldwide, such as Harvard, Stanford, and Washington University in St. Louis, among others. These are some of the top institutions with the most talented and inspired researchers studying hair cell regeneration in the ear, and their work has already contributed significantly to the field. Meet the researchers.
Sharing Data to Accelerate Breakthroughs