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May 23, 2017
We continue to benefit from incredible technological advances that assist in the diagnosis and treatment of many health conditions. One rapidly growing technology with the potential to revolutionize hearing care is telehealth, which utilizes telecommunication technologies like smartphone apps to provide virtual healthcare and education services to patients.

 
May 18, 2017
May 20 is Armed Forces Day and Hearing Health Foundation is paying tribute to the men and women who serve in our armed forces.

 
May 16, 2017
In an apparent first, investigators have used genetic manipulation to regenerate auditory hair cells in adult mice. The research marks a possible advance in treatment of hearing loss in humans. The study was partially funded by the Hearing Health Foundation.

 
May 09, 2017
May is Better Hearing and Speech Month and Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of treating one's hearing loss.

 
May 03, 2017
May is Better Hearing and Speech month and Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) would like to take this opportunity to raise awareness on the importance of early intervention for hearing loss in children, and the significant impact it can have on language development.

 
May 01, 2017
Hearing Charities of America (HCOA) and Hearing Health Foundation are excited to announce a newly formed partnership in an effort to collect hearing aids that will be given to low-income individuals through the HCOA's national assistance program, The Hearing Aid Project.

 
April 28, 2017
Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) is delighted to welcome Bob Shannon, Ph.D., and Ruth Anne Eatock, Ph.D., to our Board of Directors. Their unwavering commitment toward advancing research to better understand hearing loss and its associated disorders make Drs. Shannon and Eatock perfect additions to our leadership team.

 
April 27, 2017
The American Academy of Audiology's (AAA) annual conference, AudiologyNow!, took place in the Indianapolis Convention Center in early April. Although four days of lectures addressed nearly every aspect of the audiological scope of practice, one overarching theme emerged this year: How will the field of audiology evolve from here?

 
April 25, 2017
The development of the auditory system begins in the womb and culminates in a newborn's ability to hear upon entering the world. While the age at which hearing begins varies across mammals, the sensory structures of the inner ears are active before the onset of hearing. Learn more about this phenomenon in our recent blog post.

 
April 18, 2017
In honor of World Tinnitus Day April 18, Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) wants to draw attention to the effects and challenges associated with tinnitus.

 
April 11, 2017
Hearing Health Foundation Emerging Research Grants recipient Andrew Dimitrijevic, Ph.D., and colleagues recently published "Cortical Alpha Oscillations Predict Speech Intelligibility" in the journal Frontiers in Human Neuroscience.

 
April 04, 2017
April 4 is Auditory Processing Disorder Awareness Day and the Hearing Health Foundation is highlighting the effects and challenges associated with living with APD.

 
March 28, 2017
"Hearing in the mouse of Usher," John V. Brigande, Ph.D., provides commentary on two studies in the issue that report important progress in research on gene therapy for the inner ear.

 
March 22, 2017
Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) is happy to announce that its 2016 annual report is now available. The report is an in-depth review of our activities, events, and achievements for fiscal year 2016.

 
March 20, 2017
Hearing Health Foundation is deeply concerned to learn the Trump administration has proposed an 18% cut to the budget for the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Please join us in contacting your Senators and House Representative's offices today.

 
March 14, 2017
Hearing loss affects people of every age, race, and socioeconomic level. However, there are circumstances that put different people in danger of acquiring it. Low income and impoverished people are much more likely to suffer from hearing loss than those who earn higher salaries, witnessed in both children and adults.

 
March 07, 2017
March is Disability Awareness Month. In honor of this important awareness month, Hearing Health Foundation is raising awareness and celebrating all of our different abilities and doing our part to reduce the stigma of living with hearing loss and its associated disorders.

 
March 02, 2017
In honor of World Hearing Day, which takes place on March 3 every year, Hearing Health Foundation is joining forces with the World Health Organization (WHO) to draw attention to the economic impact of hearing loss and the importance of treating hearing loss.

 
February 28, 2017
Some people can pass a hearing test but have trouble understanding speech in a noisy environment. New research, funded in part by the Hearing Health Foundation, identifies a new mechanism for this condition just years after its discovery.

 
February 23, 2017
On Feb. 25, Hearing Health Foundation is celebrating International Cochlear Implant Day to raise awareness of this life-changing technology. Cochlear implants greatly enhance the lives of individuals with severe to profound hearing loss and individuals who don't benefit from the use of hearing aids.

 
February 21, 2017
Age-related hearing loss, or presbycusis, affects a third of the population ages 65 and older, and nearly half the population older than age 75. As a result, it is one of the most prevalent hearing disorders, and it also has a high potential for associated tinnitus and deficits in speech recognition.

 
February 16, 2017
In honor of American Heart Month in February, Hearing Health Foundation wants to shine light on the link between heart disease and hearing loss. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 610,000 Americans die from heart disease each year, making it the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.

 
February 14, 2017
Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) is thrilled to welcome two new board members, Jason Frank and Sophia Boccard. Their unwavering dedication to furthering research and awareness of hearing loss and its associated disorders make Jason and Sophia the perfect addition to our leadership team.

 
February 12, 2017
This year Autism Sunday, an international day to raise awareness of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), is on Feb. 12. Did you know that one third or more of pediatric hearing loss cases overlap with another condition? This may sometimes be ASD, making treatment and management of co-occurring conditions a challenge.

 
February 09, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) made an announcement Feb. 7 on the dangers of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). Read more about their findings in our latest blog post.

 
January 31, 2017
In honor of World Cancer Day on February 4, Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) wants to raise awareness of the connection between cancer and hearing loss. Every year, 8.2 million people worldwide die from cancer, a disease that is responsible for 13% of all deaths globally.

 
January 24, 2017
The FCC has now enacted the long-awaited transition to providing real-time text (RTT) by cellphone providers.

 
January 18, 2017
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.

 
January 10, 2017
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.

 
January 04, 2017
It's remarkable to me that the Hearing Restoration Project (HRP) is five years old! While the past five years revealed that regeneration of sensory hair cells is more complex than anticipated, our scientists have nonetheless made significant progress.

 
December 20, 2016
Did you know that by simply by using your smartphone, you can help prevent hearing loss and tinnitus?

 
December 15, 2016
A Poem by Norman Molesko.

 
December 13, 2016
The winter holidays are the time of year for giving and sharing! As you prepare to wrap (or unwrap) those gifts, it's important to consider if that noisy toy could actually be a hazard. Ever thought about how those concerts and new toys and gadgets might affect your hearing?

 
December 06, 2016
Age-related hearing loss (ARHL), also known as presbycusis, is one of the most prevalent health conditions affecting older adults. The leading cause of ARHL is generally attributed to damage in the ear during aging, which include the loss of the inner ear's sensory hair cells and spiral ganglion cells (SGCs).

 
November 30, 2016
Finding the perfect home is a stressful enough process for anyone, but when you're struggling with your hearing, it comes with special challenges. You'll need to make sure your health, safety, and the quality of your hearing aren't compromised by your new abode, and that may require a bit of extra research or planning. Here's how to simplify your house hunting process so you can be in your new dream home in no time.

 
November 22, 2016
#GivingTuesday is an international day of giving that kicks off the holiday giving season, is November 29th! You can help us change the course of hearing and balance science and helps us find better therapies and cures by giving today.

 
November 11, 2016
HHF wants to thank service members and veterans and remind them that they are disproportionately at risk for sustaining hearing loss and tinnitus. Hearing loss affects how one conducts missions and follows instructions. Take precautions and protect your ears from the dangers of noise, to ensure your safety, and the safety of those around you.

 
November 01, 2016
In honor of Diabetes Awareness Month in November, Hearing Health Foundation wants to shine light on the link between diabetes and hearing loss. Did you know the NIH has found that hearing loss is twice as common among people with diabetes as among those who don't have the disease? Learn more in our latest blog post.

 
October 25, 2016
Otitis media or middle ear infection is a common disease in childhood; in the United States, it is the most frequent reason for antibiotic use in children and pediatric office visits. Learn more in our recent blog post.

 
October 18, 2016
Funded in part by HHF, a recent paper from the lab of Yehoash Raphael, Ph.D., Hearing Restoration Project member investigated NT3 gene transfer as a mechanism to restore hearing resulting from damage of the connecting interface (synapse) between the hair cell and the auditory nerve.

 
October 12, 2016
October is National Disability Employment Awareness Month. Learn about the problems of collective bargaining under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) in our latest post.

 
October 10, 2016
RapidSOS will offer the Haven smartphone app for free to those associated with HHF, providing enhanced access to emergency services for individuals with hearing loss and tinnitus.

 
October 04, 2016
October is Audiology Awareness Month and Hearing Health Foundation would like to thank audiologists for all they do in diagnosing, managing, and treating hearing loss and other hearing disorders.

 
September 27, 2016
Of all the life hacks for better living, taking care of your hearing is among the smartest and most economical. From pilfering away at your relationships and quality of life, to putting you at risk for other health conditions, untreated hearing loss is a silent thief. Here are eight reasons why you should get a hearing test today.

 
September 21, 2016
Hearing Health Foundation funded research sheds light on cell fate determination in inner ear.

 
September 13, 2016
This week is Balance Awareness Week, and HHF is highlighting the the inner ear and its mechanics!

 
September 07, 2016
We're thrilled to announce a new partnership that will bring Hearing Health Foundation's resources in front of The Mighty's wide-reaching readership. Learn more in our latest blog post!

 
August 31, 2016
This August, HHF's CEO, Nadine Dehgan, had the pleasure of touring the new research center of the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD), which is under the umbrella of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Learn more about her field trip in our latest blog.

 
August 30, 2016
Labor Day is about honoring the workforce. Please join HHF in celebrating the progress made for American workers, as well as acknowledging the obligation to improve the livelihood, both in and out of the workplace, of our fellow citizens.

 
August 23, 2016
That's right, it's not a typo! Where I live, Virginia Relay has just announced availability of captions for conference calls. No more worrying about that caller who is always multitasking and talking into their speakerphone from two feet away. Learn about the other states that offer conference-captioning in our latest blog.

 
August 16, 2016
Hearing Health Foundation requests applications to explore new avenues in specified topic areas of hearing and balance science. Only research proposals in the topic areas below will be considered for the 2017 Emerging Research Grants cycle.

 
August 11, 2016
Recent research funded by HHF found that intense noise exposure significantly altered the expression of six genes in the cochlear nucleus. This suggests that noise-induced inflammation in the parts of the central auditory pathway that also processes sensory information related to pain might, in turn, activate the central pain pathway thus producing ear pain.

 
August 09, 2016
Before I started my internship, my knowledge of hearing health was both sparse and vague. I knew little about research conducted on hearing loss and related disorders. After 12 weeks of writing blogs, magazine articles, plus researching statistics and talking and working with people who care about HHF's mission, I now have a plethora of hearing-related facts I intend to regale classmates with at (not-too-loud) parties for years to come.

 
August 04, 2016
It's been 15 years since my daughter Georgie was born and her hearing loss discovered. At that time, I couldn't picture that she would ever hear me say "I love you," or that I would ever hear her call me "Mommy." That's not at all what Georgie's story has been like.

 
August 02, 2016
With at least another month-and-a-half left of summer concert season, we thought it would be a good time to remind music lovers to pack the earplugs. It's an easy and smart way to make sure you can enjoy those tunes for years to come. Learn more in our latest blog post.

 
July 26, 2016
At the 2016 Summer Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, this August, keep an eye out for Tamika Catchings, a star player with a hearing loss for Team USA Women's National Basketball Team.

 
July 21, 2016
We are excited to announce the 2016 Emerging Research Grant recipients. Learn more about our 2016 ERG grantees and their research goals in our latest blog post.

 
July 19, 2016
As an infant, I loved when my aunts and uncles brought out the pots and pans. They banged them as loudly as they could and I would giggle away-unlike a typical baby, who would likely be startled by loud sounds. My failure to react was one of the early signs my family noticed that I was different.

 
July 13, 2016
Hearing loss is one of the most common disabilities in the U.S., affecting 48 million Americans. If you or a loved one has been diagnosed with hearing loss, there could be help available. The Social Security Administration (SSA) offers financial benefits for people who are unable to work due to hearing loss. Learn more in our latest blog post!

 
July 11, 2016
Take this survey for a chance to win 1 of 5 $100 Gift Cards.

 
July 06, 2016
I've always paid a lot of attention to music. When I was a kid, we (mother plus four daughters) would sing on car trips. As my hearing got worse, though, things got...odd. Learn more about Kathi's experience with music and hearing loss in our latest blog post!

 
June 28, 2016
The trinity of protection: WALK away from loud sounds, BLOCK loud sounds with ear protection, and TURN the volume down (when you can control it). These simple actions can have a major impact on your long-term hearing health.

 
June 22, 2016
Many profoundly deaf people wearing cochlear implants (CIs) still face challenges in everyday situations, such as understanding conversations in noise. Even with CIs in both ears, they have difficulty making full use of subtle differences in the sounds reaching the two ears to identify where the sound is coming from. This problem is especially acute at the high stimulation rates used in clinical CI processors.

 
June 21, 2016
HHF Supporter Alex Mussomeli Selected as Finalist in 2016 Oticon Focus on People Awards. Vote for Alex Online now through August 15!

 
June 14, 2016
Audra Renyi knows firsthand how treating hearing loss brings families together. On the occasion of Father's Day, she recounts how her father, who wears a hearing aid, has inspired her life's work of providing affordable hearing tests and devices to people in developing countries.

 
June 07, 2016
What happens when your child is diagnosed with profound to severe hearing loss at 6 months of age, receives his first cochlear implant at age 1 1/2 (second at before his 5th birthday) and spends a couple of years in auditory-verbal therapy (AVT) or speech therapy, but is showing little to no progress?

 
June 07, 2016
Bodies are complex systems, composed of many minute details. The human anatomy serves to remind us of the intricacies of our world. This June for Brain and Alzheimer's Awareness Month, HHF invites you to join us in celebrating one of the most mysterious and fascinating part of the body: the brain.

 
June 04, 2016
In a much-anticipated National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, they address the areas of hearing healthcare that currently prevent many of the 48 million Americans with hearing loss from seeking treatment, and provide 12 recommendations for improvement.

 
June 03, 2016
HHF is pleased to announce that our 2015 annual report is now available. From the latest hearing research to how we have worked to fulfill our mission, the report is a comprehensive look at our programs, events, and activities for fiscal year 2015 (Oct 1, 2014 - Sept 30, 2015).

 
June 01, 2016
Accountable, transparent, responsive, and enterprising. It takes a resolute organization to embody these traits. But why should this matter to you? Because these 3rd party ratings show we achieve our mission, responsibly!

 
May 26, 2016
On September 28th, 2000, at the age of four, I was diagnosed with bilateral moderate-severe sensorineural hearing loss and immediately fitted with hearing aids. My dad and brother also have congenital hearing loss and wear hearing aids.

 
May 24, 2016
In honor of Better Speech and Hearing Month in May, Healththeo360 invited Hearing Health Foundation to speak with their audience via a live webcast on various topics related to hearing loss, tinnitus, and other hearing disorders. Watch the full interview in our latest blog post!

 
May 18, 2016
All this month, Duracell is sponsoring the National Hearing Test (NHT), in honor of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month. The test can be taken without charge for the rest of the month, by dialing 1-844-9-DURACELL (1-844-938-7223).

 
May 17, 2016
"Looks like you have Meniere's disease," my doctor said. My heart skipped a beat. What does that mean? What on earth is that? Over the next couple of months I had various hearing tests done, and met with an ear, nose, and throat doctor. It was a lot to take in.

 
May 10, 2016
After an adverse reaction to medication left me with Tinnitus (a constant ringing in your ears, it's lovely), I was put through a series of hearing tests. I sat in a vault-like room listening for beeps of varying volume. Afterward, they told me that I had high frequency hearing loss, and I'd be a great candidate for hearing aids.

 
May 05, 2016
Unlike washing your face or hair everyday, ears can be easy to forget about until they're pretty waxy. If you're officially at a point where your ears require a serious deep clean, read on for how to clean your ears without damaging them because it can be tricky! There's no reason to worry, but you do want to be careful.

 
May 03, 2016
This Mother's Day, HHF would like to shine a light on all Mothers for all they do for their children and families. Please consider giving a gift in Honor or in Memory of a wonderful Mother you know. Your gift will be used to fund groundbreaking research to prevent and cure Hearing Loss and Tinnitus and to promote hearing health.

 
April 27, 2016
April 27 is International Noise Awareness Day (INAD), a day dedicated to encouraging people to "do something about bothersome noise where they work, live, and play."

 
April 26, 2016
A study conducted by researchers at Columbia University Medical Center (CUMC) found that older adults who used a hearing aid performed significantly better on cognitive tests than those who did not use a hearing aid, despite having poorer hearing.

 
April 21, 2016
Wayne Lesser knows what it's like to be hearing impaired. Struggling throughout school and later on as an adult, he wondered if something could be done to help other people avoid the problems he's had to face. With many years of investigation, he found that in our society this area of sound awareness has been seriously neglected. Learn more in our sponsored blog post.

 
April 19, 2016
It is important to understand not only the causes of hearing loss, but also the serious issues that result. Hearing loss affects social interaction and emotional well-being, and only by appreciating these effects can friends, teachers, parents and other support figures help teens navigate the troubled times ahead.

 
April 12, 2016
The Wnt signaling pathway, a sequence of events triggered by the Wnt protein, helps guide inner ear cell development, including the proliferation of cells that differentiate into the hair cells and supporting cells necessary for hearing and balance. But in mice and other mammals, inner ear cell proliferation does not continue past newborn stages.

 
April 07, 2016
Meniere's Disease affects the inner ear and causes bouts of vertigo due to fluid that fills the tubes of your inner ear. On top of the dizziness and nausea, flare ups can also cause some loss of hearing, as well as tinnitus. Keep an eye out for the ten signs and symptoms listed in our blog, and see your doctor if you experience any of them...

 
April 04, 2016
In honor of National Public Health Week kicking off April 4, HHF has seven challenges for you to complete over the course of next week, all related to hearing loss and hearing prevention. Help us celebrate by completing our list of challenges below and sharing your experiences in with us in the comments.

 
March 31, 2016
Two proud grandparents share their experiences seeing their two grandchildren grow up with hearing loss.

 
March 29, 2016
Lifting your mood, boosting your energy, protecting your earnings, super-charging your social life-and even keeping your mind sharp. These are just some of the many spoils that come with facing and dealing with a noise-induced hearing loss that has been slowly but persistently creeping up on you.

 
March 23, 2016
On March 8, 2016, HHF hosted a live-video research briefing, as part of an ongoing effort to provide regular updates on our research programs and progress. Through these briefings, our goal is for our attendees to learn new information and achieve a greater understanding of hearing loss, prevention, and to o develop effective therapies for hearing loss and tinnitus.

 
March 22, 2016
If you've ever been to a crowded bar, you may notice that it's easier to hear your friend if you watch his face and mouth movements. And if you want to pick out the melody of the first violin in a string quartet, it helps to watch the strokes of the players' bow.

 
March 15, 2016
In this blog, Eliza shares how auditory processing disorder (APD) affects her classroom experience and provides tips on how teachers can create more welcoming learning spaces and diversify teaching techniques to support students with APD.

 
March 08, 2016
When hearing loss becomes so severe that hearing aids no longer help, a cochlear implant not only amplifies sounds but also lets people hear speech clearly. Music is a different story. Learn more in our recent blog post.

 
March 03, 2016
International Ear Care Day falls on March 3rd each year to raise awareness and promote ear and hearing care across the world. Each year, this Day addresses a specific theme and activities are carried out by World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners. 2016 theme is: "Childhood Hearing Loss."

 
March 01, 2016
The crowd is roaring, cheerleaders cheering, coaches are yelling and teammates are making play calls. As hearing impaired athletes, my sister and I did not necessarily hear all of this.

 
February 23, 2016
HHF is requesting Emerging Research Grants proposals in the areas of Meniere's disease, for innovative research that will increase our understanding of the inner ear and balance disorder and Stria vascularis, for research that will increase our understanding of strial atrophy and/or development of the stria.

 
February 17, 2016
Hearing Restoration Project's John Brigande, Ph.D., discusses how he copes with both hearing loss and vertigo, in and out of the lab.

 
February 11, 2016
Srikanta Mishra, an assistant professor in the New Mexico State University College of Education's Department of Special Education and Communication Disorders, and 2014 Emerging Research Grantee, recently received a prestigious research grant to study hearing mechanisms in children.

 
February 09, 2016
If you have any of the nine signs listed in our latest blog, go get your hearing tested. It won't take long, it won't hurt, and you'll finally have an answer for why you keep going "WHAT?" at parties.

 
February 04, 2016
Here, at HHF, we're working on Hearing Health's Spring issue and our theme is...drum roll please..."Living Better With Hearing Loss." We'd like to include expertise and advice from YOU, our readers, because who's better than you to give your insights and experiences with living with hearing loss?

 
February 02, 2016
February is Black History Month, a time dedicated to celebrating achievements and spreading awareness about issues that affect the African-American community.

 
January 26, 2016
According to the National Institutes of Health, about 3 of every 1,000 children are born with a detectable level of hearing loss, and around 30 million Americans over age 12 have disabling hearing loss. However, only about 20% of the people who could benefit from hearing aids use one.

 
January 21, 2016
Dr. Wafaa Kaf, a 2015 Emerging Research recruits participants for Meniere's disease study.

 
January 19, 2016
The Board of Directors is pleased to announce that Nadine Dehgan is the new Chief Executive Officer of Hearing Health Foundation (HHF), effective immediately.

 
January 12, 2016
Through its Spotlight On series, HHF aims to connect its supporters to its Hearing Restoration Project (HRP) researchers. This time, we're featuring Stefan Heller, Ph.D. a research at Stanford University. Learn more about Dr. Heller, both his research and his love of camping and the outdoors in our latest blog!

 
January 06, 2016
Why on earth someone would write a book and call it "El Deafo?" Well, it's a memoir, of sorts - "El Deafo" is author Cece Bell's secret name for herself. Bell created the moniker as an elementary school student, referring to the superpowers that her FM assistive-listening system gives her.

 
December 22, 2015
Warning sounds and emergency noises are designed to make us panic-at least a little bit. After all, sound is really the only kind of signal that will effectively reach everyone in the vicinity of an emergency-even if we're out of visual range, facing the wrong way, in total darkness (or even asleep). So, we've spent a lot of time and effort getting the sounds right (defined as..., really annoying).

 
December 17, 2015
Hearing Health Foundation is so very grateful for your support of our research to cure hearing loss and tinnitus, and for your interest in prevention and hearing health. The following are some of our achievements during 2015.

 
December 15, 2015
Chill Kechil is a Les Paul Ambassador, helping to educate musicians and others about the risks of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. The New Jersey-based DJ and composer recently released two versions of a song, "Fly," featuring vocals by Shakila Azhar, in addition to two holiday songs. He is donating a portion of their sales to HHF.

 
December 08, 2015
Scientists have restored the hearing of mice partly deafened by noise, using advanced tools to boost the production of a key protein in their ears. These new findings pave the way for research in humans that could improve treatment of hearing loss caused by noise exposure and normal aging.

 
December 04, 2015
Druckenbrod, 2015 Emerging Research Grant scientist, is the recipient of The Todd M. Bader Research Grant of The Barbara Epstein Foundation, Inc. Learn more about his research and how it relates to tinnitus.

 
December 02, 2015
Imagine hearing a high-pitched noise, constantly, throughout the day and night. It follows you everywhere. Silence is a luxury that does not exist. This is tinnitus.

 
November 24, 2015
Recently we hosted our second live-video research briefing as part of our effort to provide regular updates on our research programs and progress. Dr. Andy Groves, HRP consortium member, presented recent research advances and new discoveries, the use of new technology, and our future plans to prevent and cure hearing loss and tinnitus.

 
November 23, 2015
#GivingTuesday 2015, an international day of giving that kicks off the holiday giving season, is just around the corner on December 1st. Making a financial commitment to HHF is an investment in our future ... a brighter future free from the isolation and daily hardship of living with hearing loss. But we need YOUR help. Check out our latest blog for ways you can #HearTheHope this holiday season.

 
November 19, 2015
An HHF-ERG funded scientist and his colleagues have proposed that our perception is stronger when we can hear and see something at the same time, as opposed to just being able to hear it.

 
November 16, 2015
If you're planning to fly over the holiday, plan to drink some tomato juice. While examining how airplane noise affects the palate, Cornell University food scientists found sweetness suppressed and a tasty, tender tomato surprise: umami.

 
November 11, 2015
Today is Veterans Day. The holiday is important not only because it honors our soldiers, but also because it is a time to raise awareness about their experiences on and off the battlefield. Hearing loss is a major health issue for soldiers, both active duty personnel and veterans.

 
November 03, 2015
HHF is thrilled that Tilak Ratnanather, D.Phil., was among the 14 winners of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring (PAESMEM), honored by President Obama. Ratnanather was a recipient of an Emerging Research Grant (ERG) in 1993, and has continued to champion HHF and its mission to prevent and cure hearing loss and tinnitus.

 
October 27, 2015
Forty years ago I was a teenager with a mild hearing loss. An audiologist offered to fit me with bulky, ugly hearing aids. I said No thanks, but my loss was progressive and in my mid-20's I finally got a hearing aid. I wore my hair long and covered the aids. They were ugly and I didn't want to have to talk about my disability.

 
October 22, 2015
Research points to potential way to restore hearing. Harnessing regenerative power of early supporting cells could lead to new strategies to combat many causes of deafness, animal research shows.

 
October 19, 2015
A few years ago, my dad began experiencing hearing loss. He worked in loud factories all his life and as he grew older, all that time without ear protection took its toll. Prior to his experiences with hearing loss, I must admit that I didn't know much about it, so I began to look into how hearing loss can affect our overall health. Read more about what I found.

 
October 15, 2015
Yes, it does. In fact, noise stresses most people (and even many animals). But what is noise? According to "Sound Matters," Noise is any undesired sound.

 
October 13, 2015
Through its Spotlight On series, HHF aims to connect its supporters to its Hearing Restoration Project (HRP) researchers. Our first Spotlight On features Andy Groves, Ph.D., a developmental biologist who uses the ear as a model system to understand the general problem of embryonic development. Learn more about Dr. Groves, both his research and his love of music in our latest blog!

 
October 08, 2015
A research team, funded in part by HHF, has discovered that a protein essential for building key hearing structures in the inner ear also plays a critical role in maintaining them throughout life. The discovery could lay the foundation for new approaches to preserve hearing and prevent or minimize the most common forms of hearing loss.

 
October 06, 2015
October marks National Protect Your Hearing Month, part of the American Academy of Audiology's (AAA) campaign to raise public awareness about hearing protection. To celebrate National Protect Your Hearing Month, HHF has compiled a list of 5 Must Know Facts about Hearing Loss Prevention.

 
October 01, 2015
On Oct 1, 2015, HHF's Board of Directors welcomed its newest board chair, Elizabeth Keithley, Ph.D. Elizabeth has been involved in HHF for over 20 years, first as a reviewer of our Emerging Research Grant (ERG) applications and soon after as a board member. Learn about Elizabeth's background and her goals for HHF in our latest blog.

 
September 29, 2015
World Heart Day is September 29th. In response to a growing body of research showing a link between cardiovascular and hearing health, we are urging you to check your hearing.

 
September 24, 2015
Learn more about 2014 Emerging Research Grant recipient, Samira Anderson, Au.D., Ph.D., and her research in central auditory processing disorders (CAPD).

 
September 22, 2015
Have you ever wanted to do something so badly, fulfilling a dream, but the next minute you're terrified? Then back to feeling like you're ready, but then again thinking, "What have I gotten myself into?" And finally settling with: If I don't do this now, I may never get a chance again, so you go for it. That was me when I was chosen for Season 30 of the reality TV show "Survivor."

 
September 17, 2015
The burgeoning field of bioinformatics allows the Hearing Restoration Project to analyze and compare large genomics datasets and identify the best genes for more testing. This sophisticated data analysis will help speed the way toward a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.

 
September 15, 2015
If you want to help your memory and cognitive performance, you may want to get a hearing test and treat hearing loss. In response to a growing body of research that shows a link between unaddressed hearing loss and cognitive function, we are encouraging people to get their hearing checked by a healthcare professional in recognition of World Alzheimer's Month in September.

 
September 10, 2015
Through ERG, HHF, the largest non-profit funder of hearing and balance research, awards emerging researchers grants to conduct novel investigations of auditory and vestibular function and dysfunction. HHF wishes to stimulate research that leads to a continuing and independently fundable line of research.

 
September 08, 2015
There I was, pumping gas into my car outside a convenience store, lost in thought. Then, the harsh yammering started. It was hard to pinpoint the noise at first, since I have an asymmetrical hearing loss. But I quickly located the source...a speaker on the gas pump.

 
September 03, 2015
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.

 
September 01, 2015
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.

 
August 27, 2015
Hearing Health Foundation's board chair, Shari Eberts, has been selected as a finalist in the 2015 Oticon Focus on People Awards in the Advocacy category. The Awards honors individuals who demonstrate that hearing loss does not limit a person's ability to make a positive difference in the world. Please cast your vote today!

 
August 25, 2015
Wearing hearing protection can mean the difference between enjoying the sounds of everyday life and a lifetime of disability. Every day, we are exposed to potentially hazardous noise. It is critical that where the noise level is high and constant, that we select either a muff or plug protector to reduce the noise level to an acceptable level.

 
August 18, 2015
Having a hearing loss shouldn't stop you from traveling. Check out these 12 amazing tips for an easier, smoother trip.

 
August 13, 2015
The older we get, the less likely we are to hear well, as our inner ear sensory hair cells succumb to age or injury. Intriguingly, humans are one-upped by fish here. Similar hair cells in a fish sensory system that dots their bodies and forms the lateral line, by which they discern water movement, are readily regenerated if damage or death occurs.

 
August 10, 2015
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) conducted a study on the prevalence of disability in the U.S. The study examined vision loss, cognition, mobility, self-care and independent living, but failed to mention hearing loss. HHF is outraged by this gross oversight and finds the exclusion of people living with hearing loss from the report to be a troubling concern and taking action!

 
August 06, 2015
We're excited to announce that the 2015 Emerging Research Grants (ERG) have been approved by our Board of Directors, after a rigorous scientific review process. The areas that we are funding for the 2015 cycle are: Central Auditory Processing Disorder, Hyperacusis, Meniere's Disease, and Tinnitus.

 
August 04, 2015
An international consortium led by those at Baylor College of Medicine, funded in part by HHF, may have taken the first step on the road to understanding why only some people get frequent painful or chronic middle ear infections. The culprit may be rare genetic variants in a gene called A2ML1.

 
July 30, 2015
Researchers have found that patients stricken with dangerous bacterial infections are at greater risk of hearing loss than previously recognized. Inflammation from the bacterial infections substantially increased susceptibility to hearing impairment by increasing the uptake of aminoglycoside antibiotics into the inner ear.

 
July 28, 2015
Recently, HHF has received several questions regarding a much-publicized report on gene therapies for hearing loss. Peter G. Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D., scientific research director of HHF's Hearing Restoration Project, untangles what the research means and how it can be seen in the larger context of finding a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.

 
July 21, 2015
The interesting thing about going deaf is you don't realize it's happening. It's impossible to pinpoint when everyone began to mumble, when you ceased hearing your own footsteps clicking down a hall.

 
July 14, 2015
Sensorineural hearing loss is most commonly caused by the death of hair cells in the organ of Corti, and once lost, mammalian hair cells do not regenerate. In contrast, other vertebrates such as birds can regenerate hair cells by stimulating division and differentiation of neighboring supporting cells.

 
July 07, 2015
When I was 9 years old I woke up one morning only to realize that I had lost 99% of my hearing in both ears for no reason. It wasn't hereditary, it wasn't physiological, it just happened. What did I do?

 
July 02, 2015
Summer is full of fun and also a lot of noise. So the Better Hearing Institute (BHI) and Hearing Health Foundation are encouraging people of all ages to pack earplugs along with the sunscreen and to follow 6 easy tips for protecting their hearing this summer.

 
June 30, 2015
Many of us go about life enjoying the symphony of sounds from birds singing in the trees to your favorite band rockin' out at a local music venue. These as well as other sounds give us great pleasure. But extensive exposure to sounds that might not seem very loud may in fact result in long term damage to your hearing.

 
June 23, 2015
The summer months bring so many wonderful things, warm weather, sunshine, outdoor activities, and vacations, but for people who wear hearing aids, summer also brings extra maintenance. Here are five ways to keep your devices dry and safe.

 
June 17, 2015
Hearing Restoration Project's Stefan Heller was recently published in Cell Reports. The researchers identified patterns of gene expression that may determine whether the ear's inner pillar cells can give rise to new hair cells, which are key to hearing.

 
June 16, 2015
Hearing Health Foundation and Better Hearing Institute (BHI) which are encouraging hearing tests during Men's Health Month in June and Men's Health Week (June 15-21). Hearing health affects so many aspects of a man's life that routine hearing tests should be part of a healthy lifestyle.

 
June 09, 2015
Guitar great Les Paul would have turned 100 this June 9. In honor of this centennial, we wanted to commemorate his innovations that changed the music industry and his namesake foundation's contributions to HHF's research efforts.

 
June 04, 2015
On May 21, 2015, Hearing Health Foundation hosted its first live-video research briefing as part of our effort to provide regular updates on our research programs and progress. Dr. Peter Barr-Gillespie, Scientific Director, Hearing Restoration Project presented on the Hearing Restoration Project.

 
June 02, 2015
Virginia Passes Measure to Aid Hospital Patients With Hearing Loss. Ever had a hard time hearing in the hospital? Or visited someone who did? You're in good company. Hospitals can be very noisy, with alarms, footsteps, noise from machines, televisions, and clanging carts and food trays. For starters.

 
May 26, 2015
May is Better Speech and Hearing Month and serves as reminder that verbal communication is a shared pleasure that brings us laughter, learning, and love. We should take this month to treasure the gift of communication and celebrate the hard work and success of all individuals whose ability to communicate is challenged, for whatever reason.

 
May 19, 2015
Alex Mussomeli is proof how technology and a supportive family can provide the right environment for a child with hearing

 
May 14, 2015
Imagine for a moment that someone says to you, "Because you have a partial hearing loss, you cannot be a musician." That happened to me. My name is Kori Linae Carothers and I am a concert pianist and composer. I was born with a hearing loss in my left ear.

 
May 12, 2015
National Women's Health Week may only last a week (May 10-16, 2015), but women's health is a year-round issue. In honor of National Women's Health Week, we are sharing 6 Facts Every Woman Should Know About Hearing Health from The Better Hearing Institute.

 
May 05, 2015
Recent findings in mice by University at Buffalo scientists may one day help us better understand human hearing loss.

 
April 28, 2015
Charity Navigator has rated Hearing Health Foundation with 4 out of 4 stars, the highest possible rating. This indicates that HHF adheres to sound governance, accountability, transparency, and fiscal management, minimizing the organization's chance of engaging in fiscally irresponsible activities.

 
April 23, 2015
April 29th, 2015 is International Noise Awareness Day. In celebration, please document any noisy part of your day by taking a short video or audio recording. It can be of anything, such as riding a subway car, a loud restaurant or concert, among other noises encountered on an everyday basis. Share it with us on Facebook and Twitter by using the hashtag #HearTheNoise.

 
April 21, 2015
I first received hearing aids when I was 15 but was teased for wearing them; I felt different and somehow less than my peers. As a result I didn't wear them for many years and struggled to find ways to cope without them.

 
April 14, 2015
Can airplanes trigger tinnitus flare-ups? In honor of World Tinnitus Day, HHF's board chair, Shari Eberts, shares her traveling tips for better hearing and ear protection.

 
April 08, 2015
Hearing Loss in Children Is a Neurological Emergency. Annually in America approximately 3 in 1,000 babies are born with permanent hearing loss, making hearing loss one of the most common birth defects in the U.S. Hearing loss cannot be viewed in isolation; it can cause problems for auditory brain development. When a child with hearing loss is born, the child has already had 20 weeks of auditory deprivation.

 
March 31, 2015
With another holiday season right around the corner, participating in conversations around the dinner table and social gatherings can be a real challenge for those with hearing loss. Here are some tips to help you hear your best.

 
March 24, 2015
It's 1982. I'm 4 years old, and the proud new owner of two behind-the-ear hearing aids. These things are monsters. Huge. A result of life-saving surgery I had two years earlier. My mother had to put them in for me every morning. At age 4, I had no clue that this stinks. Read more of Scott's story here.

 
March 18, 2015
Brain Awareness Week (March 16-22, 2015) celebrates one of the most important organs in the human body and current progress and breakthroughs in brain research. While the brain literally affects every organ and bodily function, did you know hearing loss, especially when it goes untreated, can affect brain function and size?

 
March 12, 2015
March was National Kidney Month and today, March 12th is World Kidney Day. Why is this important to us? In October 2010, a study done in Australia showed a link between chronic kidney disease and hearing loss.

 
March 05, 2015
When we get fuzzy speech data to work with, such as in music lyrics, noisy settings or, if you have hearing loss, everywhere, our brains can come up with some pretty silly interpretations, like "I led the pigeons to the Flag..." instead of "I pledge allegiance to the Flag..."

 
March 03, 2015
International Ear Care Day falls on March 3rd each year to raise awareness and promote ear and hearing care across the world. Each year, this Day addresses a specific theme and activities are carried out by World Health Organization (WHO) and its partners. 2015 theme is: "Make Listening Safe."

 
February 23, 2015
Since HRP's creation more than three years ago, the consortium has gathered twice each year for scientific meetings; these interactions have proven to produce meaningful research outcomes. This update from the HRP Director shows how our collaborative approach to research is working!

 
February 10, 2015
Chill Kechil is our latest Les Paul Ambassador, helping to educate musicians and others about the risks of noise-induced hearing loss and tinnitus. Here, the New Jersey-based DJ and composer describes how he has managed his hearing loss while building a career in the music industry.

 
February 03, 2015
My daughter Kaylyn enjoys weekend "campouts" in the living room. After one such event, my wife asked our daughter, "How was the campout with Daddy?" Kaylyn replied, "Good, but my daddy sure sleeps loud!"

 
January 22, 2015
All of us with hearing loss know how hard it can sometimes be to converse comfortably with our friends and family. We get tired, frustrated and sometimes just tune out. But it is hard on those who love us as well. They don't like to us struggle or be unhappy; and they can get annoyed that we don't understand why they are saying. Today's post is for them.

 
January 13, 2015
LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, is a green building certification program run by the U.S. Green Building Council. Its objective is for buildings to save money and resources and have a positive impact on the health of occupants, and promote renewable, clean energy.

 
January 06, 2015
Recently I was backing out of my parking spot in the Barnes & Noble parking lot. I noticed another car in my rear-view mirror, backing up right behind me, approaching my bumper with apparent disregard, and so I finally beeped my horn.

 
December 22, 2014
My post How to Tackle Thanksgiving Dinner When You Have a Hearing Loss received so many helpful tips in the comments, I decided to incorporate them into a new post that focuses on the holidays more generally. Thank you to everyone who shared their ideas!

 
December 10, 2014
A recent report in The American Journal of Audiology, funded by Hyperacusis Research along with the Hearing Health Foundation, underscores how little is known about hyperacusis with noise-induced pain, and the confusing and misleading terminology surrounding the condition.

 
December 04, 2014
Do you hear that? I often ask my family that question. Sometimes I cannot tell if the noise I am hearing is my tinnitus or if the sound is actually there. Usually, it is all in my head. Typically, I know this, to be honest, but I ask anyway, just in case.

 
November 21, 2014
I interviewed Marion Downs in 2007, shortly after her sassy 'senior advice' book, Shut Up and Live! (You Know How) was published. It was only my second assignment for Hearing Health magazine, and I knew little about hearing loss, hearing research, and hearing technology.

 
November 18, 2014
Hearing Health Foundation has been selected to present at the 6th annual Partnering for Cures, November 16-18 in New York City.

 
November 13, 2014
I am a rock drummer. As a teen and young adult, we played very loud and for hours at a stretch. I sensed nothing bad happening at the time besides some bothersome post-concert ringing in my ears. I was in my 20s and invincible.

 
November 11, 2014
To mark Veterans Day 2014, the eldest daughter of a U.S. Army tank commander reflects how hearing loss affected the whole family at first, for worse, but ultimately for better.

 
November 10, 2014
A glimpse in the life of one veteran upon returning from war overseas.

 
October 28, 2014
I am running this race with one goal in mind: To raise as much money as possible and accelerate the pace of Hearing Health Foundation's research that will lead to a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus (loud ringing in the ears) in our lifetime.

 
October 21, 2014
Aural rehabilitation to help acclimate the brain to hearing sound via hearing devices is gaining a wider audience and greater success through its online reach.

 
October 14, 2014
Eating fish to reduce hearing loss

 
September 30, 2014
New study findings have shown that higher caffeine intake is associated with a lower risk of tinnitus.

September 23, 2014

September 16, 2014
Recent NIHL study findings by Austrian researchers

 
September 08, 2014
It's hard to hear well in school. Between the hard surfaces, open spaces such as gyms and cafeterias, shouting teachers, and the children themselves who can be counted on NOT to be quiet, it's hard for hearing children as well as children with hearing loss to always hear well.

September 05, 2014

August 27, 2014
We are excited to inform you of the opening of the application period for Hearing Health Foundation's 2015 Emerging Research Grants program.

 
August 04, 2014
Noise-induced hearing loss affects anyone exposed to very loud or chronic noise. It doesn't matter if the "noise" is actually music.

 
July 28, 2014
HHF is proud to announce that 10 leading hearing scientists have been an awarded an Emerging Research Grant. Dr. Srikanta Mishra is shown to the left.

 
July 21, 2014
Lynn Crisci and her boyfriend, Doug Julian, attended the Boston Marathon on April 15, 2013, sitting on the edge of a sidewalk cafe, about 30 feet from the first bombing that occurred that fateful day.

 
July 14, 2014
Shannon Silvestri and her two teenage children attended the 2013 Boston Marathon to cheer on dad Kevin. Shannon's hearing was affected by the bombings that took place that day and it may never be the same.

 
July 07, 2014
Like everyone else does, I took my clean, crisp hearing for granted. But over a four-hour period in September 2005, I lost my hearing in my left ear.

 
June 30, 2014
July 4 is a great time for barbecues, trips to the beach, and spending time with friends and family. Yet, fireworks and firecrackers, ubiquitous to many Independence Day celebrations, can do permanent damage to one's ears.

 
June 23, 2014
If you are headed to Austin this weekend for the Annual Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Convention, make sure to stop by two workshops led by HRP consortium member Andy Groves, Ph.D. and HHF Board member Nancy M. Williams.

 
June 16, 2014
On April 15, 2013, Lauren Vulcano, then a 24-year-old social work graduate student, and her boyfriend Mark Snickenberger, also then 24, were watching Mark's brother run in the 2013 Boston Marathon. The events that unfolded that day changed the way Lauren will hear forever.

 
June 12, 2014
This past Monday night, HHF's National Junior Board hosted its second annual "A Summer Soiree" event to benefit a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus raising over $60,000.

 
June 09, 2014
If you're still searching for a Father's Day gift (like I am), consider scheduling Dad for a hearing screening. Since men are more likely to experience hearing loss than women, show him how much you want him to have a lifetime of healthy hearing this year.

 
June 05, 2014
Last year, Dave Fortier ran the Boston Marathon. He experienced up close the two bomb blasts that forever altered the event. "The sound - it felt like someone hit me with a brick. I just remember that pain. The ringing happened instantaneously."

 
June 02, 2014
If you have plans for a get together this summer, did you know you can turn your summer fun into a good cause? Well, you can!

 
May 26, 2014
60 percent of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan have hearing loss or tinnitus. These conditions have consistently been the top two health complaints at Veteran Affairs Medical Centers.

 
May 19, 2014
In the May 26 issue of TIME magazine, our work to cure hearing loss and tinnitus is featured in a special advertising section called "Good to Hear."

 
May 12, 2014
Have advances in technology, changes in attitudes, and decades of research influenced how children with hearing loss learn and are taught?

 
May 08, 2014
Give the gift of hearing this Mother's Day by taking your mom to get a hearing screening, and getting one yourself.

 
May 05, 2014
"The 2014 funded projects will continue to move us closer to our goal of inducing hair-cell regeneration in people, to produce a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus," shares Peter G. Barr-Gillespie, Ph.D., director of the HRP consortium. "I am incredibly pleased with the outcome of the work the HRP consortium members have been conducting over the last several years."

 
May 01, 2014
Chris Potter is a world-renowned saxophonist and composer who has been living with Ménière's disease, a hearing and balance disorder, for two decades. We're thrilled that he is our second Les Paul Ambassador.

 
April 28, 2014
Today, HHF announced today the appointment of Claire Schultz as Chief Executive Officer. Ms. Schultz succeeds Andrea Boidman, who resigned from her post after a successful six year tenure.

 
April 24, 2014
I used to think I knew a lot about the five senses. After doing some research on how the sense of hearing actually works, I realized that I didn't really know much outside of my own perception.

 
April 21, 2014
Hearing loop systems deliver clear sound - free from background noise, echo, or distortion - directly into hearing aids that are equipped with telecoils (T-coils).

 
April 16, 2014
Last April 15 was a life-changing day for the Campbell family - as it was for many who attended one of the greatest annual sporting events: the Boston Marathon. This year, the Campbell family is not only running their first ever Boston marathon but fundraising to cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.

 
April 14, 2014
With Easter right around the corner we thought our mascot, the baby chick, would provide you with 10 fun Easter facts.

 
April 07, 2014
This year, I'm getting new hearing aids! When I set up my appointment, my audiologist informed me that I would be getting a questionnaire to fill out for our consultation. Pop quiz!

 
April 03, 2014
The work of our Hearing Restoration Project featured in Media Planet's Vision and Hearing News.

 
March 31, 2014
This is the focus of the Spring issue of Hearing Health magazine, which we've just shipped to the printer and expect to land in mailboxes in the coming weeks. Get a sneak peek of what's in store.

 
March 27, 2014
Could it be the plants "hear" via sensing sound vibrations - just like we do? And then they're able to correctly correlate these vibrations to the category of friend or foe - again, just like we do? To hear the plant biologists in the story put it: Yes, it's entirely possible, and even likely.

 
March 21, 2014
Eric Schwartz of Atlanta has a hearing loss and, with help of a fellow colleague who also has a hearing loss, contributed a question-and-answer column to his consulting firm's in-house newsletter.

 
March 19, 2014
HHF recently received the GuideStar Exchange Gold participation level, a leading symbol of transparency and accountability provided by GuideStar USA, Inc., the premier source of nonprofit information.

 
March 17, 2014
St. Patrick's Day is a celebration of Ireland's patron saint, who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland. These days, the holiday is, for better or worse, associated with heavy drinking, and at the risk of dampening the festivities, we thought we should remind readers of the dangers of consuming excessive alcohol and hearing loss.

 
March 12, 2014
I am thrilled to report that our Hearing Restoration Project (HRP) has been nominated for a CLASSY award and has been chosen as a Top 5 nominee in the Health Services: Non-Communicable Diseases category!

 
March 10, 2014
"Electro-acoustic stimulation" is a mouthful, which may explain why "hybrid cochlear implant" is becoming shorthand for the latest thing in cochlear implantation.

 
March 06, 2014
The ReelAbilities Film Festival kicks off today in New York City and runs through next Tuesday.

 
March 03, 2014
If you notice a significant delay (or other problem) in closed captioning, report it to the FCC. It can be fixed - but only if someone notices and lets them know!

 
February 27, 2014
Last Saturday, the second meeting of the year for the members of the Hearing Restoration Project (HRP) consortium occurred.

 
February 24, 2014
In the Winter 2014 issue of Hearing Health, we are pleased to highlight the first of many articles about hearing and balance conditions in the magazine by members of the CMT.

 
February 20, 2014
The privilege for people who discover things is that they get to name it - be it a star, mountain, or gene. And the scientists who worked on genetically mapping the fruit fly, which has been studied for over a century, have a sense of humor.

 
February 17, 2014
All ears are the same, right? Wrong. Ears are actually a unique to each and every person, so much so that they are comparable in uniqueness to the fingerprint.

 
February 13, 2014
Just What Is Wireless Technology in Hearing Aids Today? Learn more about technology options in part two of a two part series authored by Paul Harrison of YourHearing UK.

 
February 10, 2014
If not for the evolutionary experiments of these prehistoric fish breathing air through the top of their heads, humans may never have evolved a keen sense of hearing.

 
February 06, 2014
I'm so excited to share that we have recently launched a new Public Service Announcement (PSA): Chirp the News! The PSA introduces HHF's new mascot, a baby chicken.

 
February 03, 2014
Congrats to Derrick Coleman and the Seattle Seahawks for their Super Bowl victory over the Denver Broncos!

 
January 30, 2014
Professional football games this season have put the spotlight on a disturbing trend: the purposely loud stadium, as a strategy to flummox the opposing team.

 
January 27, 2014
Playing the piano again, and writing about it, and joining HHF led Williams to finally be fully open about her hearing loss. To do it required overcoming decades of shame, which she writes about openly both in our piece and in her magazine.

 
January 23, 2014
When the trains go by, accelerating and decelerating, those single-paned windows with metal frames not only let the view in, they let the sound in. You can almost feel your teeth rattling.

 
January 20, 2014
This month our own Tara Guastella was interviewed for a piece on the blog for Exponent Partners where she highlights how HHF's innovative hearing research is matched by innovative grants management.

 
January 16, 2014
Assistive listening devices, or ALDs, are an especially handy type of device for people with hearing loss. Learn about the new "Assistive Advice" column debuting in the latest issue of Hearing Health magazine.

 
January 13, 2014
What is the utricle? Merriam-Webster defines it as "a small anatomical pouch; the part of the membranous labyrinth of the inner ear into which the semicircular canals open." But to you and me, it may help provide the solution to hair cell regeneration in the inner ear.

 
January 09, 2014
I am thrilled to report that for the third year HHF has received a generous gift of $100,000 from the Royal Arch Masons in support of of our 2013 Emerging Researchers studying central auditory processing disorder (CAPD).

 
January 06, 2014
As 2014 kicks off, I wanted to share the top five most popular Hearing Health blog posts from 2013. If you haven't had a chance to read them yet, take a moment to review them today.

 
January 02, 2014
Consider the humble earwax. Much maligned, earwax is generally something that people want to get rid of - hence the cotton swab industry.

 
December 30, 2013
New Year, New You? If you're planning to hit the gym as part of a New Year's resolution, don't forget that being healthy includes protecting your hearing.

 
December 27, 2013
Along with wrapping up holiday gifts, we are also busy wrapping up the Winter 2014 issue of Hearing Health, available in January.

 
December 23, 2013
Don't forget to make your year-end tax deductible donation to HHF to support groundbreaking hearing research to cure hearing loss and tinnitus.

 
December 19, 2013
Can you guess what it is? Hint: hearing aid wearers will thank you!

 
December 16, 2013
Just What Is Wireless Technology in Hearing Aids Today? Find out in part one of a two part series authored by Paul Harrison of YourHearing UK.

 
December 12, 2013
As a parent, I constantly think that my children aren't listening. The number of times I repeat myself endlessly (usually accompanied by an escalation in volume) before I get an answer is enough to drive me bonkers. But a child who isn't listening to you can be a sign of something more than a clash of wills.

 
December 09, 2013
"Listening to headphones at a high volume for too long can damage your hearing," says Health Commissioner Thomas Farley, M.D. :If you want to continue to enjoy music in the future, you'll turn down the volume today."

 
December 04, 2013
Yesterday was Giving Tuesday, the official kickoff to the holiday giving season. After Black Friday, Small Business Saturday, and Cyber Monday, I am glad to finally see a day in honor of charitable giving!

 
December 02, 2013
As I try to remind my kids, the season is about gift giving, not receiving, and this year, I'll talk to my family about giving the gift of healthy hearing. An annual hearing test taken every year around the holidays is the perfect way to show your family you care, and for them to show you they care.

 
November 25, 2013
Thanksgiving is unique in that it's a holiday specifically about food (and not, say, gift-giving or something religious). After the long Thanksgiving weekend, I force myself back to the gym to burn off those excess calories. But participating in sports and other physical activities can be a challenge for those with hearing loss who use hearing aids or cochlear implants.

 
November 20, 2013
Do you, or a family member, or a friend have a hearing loss? Do you know someone returning from military service who developed a hearing loss or tinnitus while serving our country? Do you want to help us find a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus? Help us fundraise for a cure!

 
November 18, 2013
Since they first became available, smartphones such as those from Google and Apple have provided a boon to people who have hearing loss. Now we have what promises to be an even more seamless integration between the smartphone and hearing aid.

 
November 14, 2013
The members of the Hearing Restoration Project consortium gather in Seattle, WA to discuss their research progress toward a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.

 
November 11, 2013
Noise exposure during service in Iraq and Afghanistan is to blame, but veterans from older conflicts also report their hearing has been damaged, likely in part due to their military service decades ago.

 
November 07, 2013
An intriguing discovery in one of the world's smallest frogs points to the power of hearing through bone conduction.

 
November 05, 2013
"I would have never done it if it wasn't for the cause. And I'm so happy that I did," says Calhoun, who ran the NYC Marathon for her 4-year-old daughter, Marlowe, who was born with a hearing loss.

 
October 31, 2013
Supporting cells, as their name suggests, support hair cells both structurally and nutritionally. But a new study of supporting cells in the inner ears of mice reveals yet another role - one that is hugely important for researchers working to restore hearing in mammals. (Photo Credit: Yehoash Raphael, University of Michigan)

 
October 28, 2013
The primary goal of our Emerging Research Grant (ERG) program is to prepare scientists new to hearing and balance research to earn funding through the National Institutes of Health (NIH). It is with that in mind that we are thrilled to congratulate the latest crop of ERG alumni who have received NIH support.

 
October 24, 2013
While planning a recent visit to see my sister in Berkeley, she suggested that we go out to dinner at their favorite restaurant, Comal. The website also told me that Comal has spent a lot of time and effort on its acoustics, to make it possible to have both dinner and a conversation - at the same time, without yelling or becoming frustrated.

 
October 21, 2013
Stuttering, a slow rate of speech, and mumbling. Struggling to say sounds, pulling or scratching at the ears, and social isolation. Did you know that all of these are signs of a hearing loss or communication disorder?

 
October 17, 2013
At least 1,000 mutations in 64 genes linked to hearing loss have been identified. Thanks to rapid advances in genetic sequencing, identifying virtually all the genetic causes of hearing loss may occur within the decade.

 
October 08, 2013
The Fall issue of Hearing Health magazine has arrived. Hearing Health Editor, Yishane Lee, highlights whats in store for you including our annual holiday gift guide, what to expect when you're expecting...hearing aids, and much more!

 
October 07, 2013
This fall, several individuals across the country will be running in the Marine Corp Marathon and ING NYC Marathon raising funds to help HHF support groundbreaking research.

 
October 01, 2013
In honor of National Audiology Awareness Month & National Protect Your Hearing Month this October, schedule an appointment with an audiologist or otolaryngologist (ENT) to have your (or a family member's) hearing checked.

 
September 30, 2013
We are excited to share that Westone, the leader in high performance audio, in-ear monitoring technology, and hearing protection, has announced its support of HHF and HHF's work to cure hearing loss and tinnitus.

 
September 26, 2013
We are busy wrapping up the Fall issue of Hearing Health magazine, which will be available in October in print and online. Be sure to subscribe for your free copy, and check back here for links to the digital edition in early October.

 
September 23, 2013
Hearing loss occurs with roughly 90 percent of tinnitus cases. Tinnitus is sometimes the first sign of hearing loss. Our Hearing Restoration Project promises a cure within the next decade not only for hearing loss, but also for tinnitus.

 
September 18, 2013
On Sunday, September 15, HHF sponsored and exhibited at the 92 St Y StreetFest on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.

 
September 16, 2013
We are excited to announce that 24 scientists from around the country have been awarded an Emerging Research Grant (ERG) for the 2013 funding cycle. After one of the most competitive grant cycles in HHF's history, this is an outstanding accomplishment for these researchers.

 
September 09, 2013
This Sunday Sept. 15, HHF is sponsoring and exhibiting at the 92 Street Y Street Festival on the Upper East Side in Manhattan. Come and meet HHF staff and learn how a chicken may hold the key to a cure hearing loss and tinnitus.

 
September 03, 2013
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