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1st year Emerging Research grantee, Sarah Poissant Ph.D., is an Associate Professor in the Communication Disorders Department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Poissant's 2013 Emerging Research Grant aims to assess how total communication – the combined use of manual signs, speech, and speech-reading – can most effectively be employed as a habilitation strategy to improve auditory perceptual abilities.
Funding Where It Helps the Most

Hearing Health Foundation is the largest private funder of hearing research, with a mission to prevent and cure hearing loss through groundbreaking research. Since 1958 Hearing Health Foundation has given nearly $30 million to hearing and balance research.
Our funded researchers have become the leaders in hearing research, many securing federal funding after their initial grants from us and going on to illustrious careers. 20 percent of recipients of the prestigious Association for Research in Otolaryngology (ARO) Award of Merit are former grantees.

These grants have led to many of today's standard treatments, such as cochlear implants, treatments for otitis media (ear infections), and surgical therapy for otosclerosis.
In 2012, Hearing Health Foundation identified four Under-Researched Areas of Focus that have traditionally been under-represented and under-funded. We encourage researchers to apply for funding for projects in these areas to continue moving the field hearing and balance science forward.

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