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 HRPHeller's research and the path to a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.
 
 
Supporters Adam and Nada Mussomeli hosted an intimate fundraiserfeaturing the artwork of their incredibly talented son Alex (age 11). Alex has sensorineural hearing loss and uses a hearing aid in his left ear and a cochlear implant in his right ear. Alex dreams of the day when HHF's Hearing Restoration Project finds a cure.
 
Alex’s paintings were sold with all the proceeds going to hearing research. HHF thanks Alex, Adam and Nada Mussomeli, and the event’s attendees for their generosity. Interested in planning a fundraiser? Email us at fundraise@hhf.org
 
 
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 2017 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
 
In 2016, our partnerships with companies expanded to include The Mighty, a story-based health community focused on improving the lives of people facing disease, disorder, mental illness, and disability; LesserSound, an app that not only measures decibel levels but also educates the user about safe and unsafe noise exposures; and RapidSOS Haven, an app that connects users to 9-1-1 dispatch centers, allowing you to remotely aid loved ones in case of a medical emergency.
 
By becoming a Partner for Hearing Health, organizations affirm their commitment to our programs, which enhance the lives of those affected by hearing loss, tinnitus, and other hearing-related disorders. If you are interested our partnership program, please contact us at development@hhf.org
 
 
 
The frequent use of these devices to listen to music and watch videos typically requires the use of headphones, increasing the risk of music-induced hearing loss (MIHL). Researchers found that a person should only use their listening devices for no more than 4 hours per day at 70% volume, or 90 minutes per day at 80% volume.
 
 
When you're making your list of New Year's resolutions and to-dos for 2017, be sure to put this one near the top: a hearing test. That's right. Research shows that when people address hearing loss it improves their quality of life in many ways.
 
 
 
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