The HRP's Andy Groves, Ph.D. and HHF Board member Nancy M. Williams to Speak at HLAA Convention

By Tara Guastella

If you are headed to Austin for the Annual Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) Convention at the end of June, make sure to stop by Andy Groves, Ph.D.’s workshop on Friday, June 27, at 1:30pm.

Andy Groves, Ph.D.  Baylor College of Medicine

Andy Groves, Ph.D.

Baylor College of Medicine

Dr. Groves will be giving a presentation on the Hearing Restoration Project (HRP) and how the power of collaboration is expediting the road to a cure for hearing loss and tinnitus. Chickens, fish, and most non-mammals have a remarkable ability to naturally restore damaged inner ear hair cells (damage or death of these cells is what causes hearing loss). The HRP is working to identify how we can translate this process, known as hair cell regeneration, to humans to develop a biologic cure for hearing loss and tinnitus.

The HRP scientists are working collaboratively sharing ideas, data, and resources to shorten the timeline to a cure. During our last monthly conference call with the consortium, an HRP scientist was presenting initial data on a series of experiments he is conducting. After feedback from other consortium members, he will now approach the experiment in a more beneficial way with greater impact to the research process. This experience highlighted the power of many minds over one.

Hear more about the HRP and the exciting research advancements at Dr. Groves’s workshop on Friday. Materials and information on the HRP will be available for attendees so don’t forget to pick up more information while you’re there.

HHF Board member, Nancy M. Williams, pianist and hearing loss advocate, will also be presenting at the HLAA Convention. She will share her story of reclaiming the piano to help participants tap into their passions.

When Williams reclaimed her passion for the piano after a 25-year hiatus, she came to terms with her hearing loss—and pursuing her passion radiated out to other aspects of her life. Ms. Williams will share her story in the “Finding Your Calling... Despite a Hearing Loss" workshop on Saturday, June 28 at 8:45am.

Be sure to stop by both exciting sessions!

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