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Through the newly established Ménière's Disease Grants (MDG) program, Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) funds research focused on advancing our understanding of Ménière's disease, the inner ear and balance disorder. This research will significantly advance our understanding of disease mechanisms, or diagnosis and treatment, of Ménière's disease.

The MDG program is a collaborative and highly competitive program. Our intent is to fund researchers and bring experts together to share their work and ideas for new projects.

Ménière’s disease is a chronic vestibular (inner ear) disorder. The inner ear influences both hearing and balance. It is named for the French doctor Prosper Ménière, who, in 1861, first identified and described the symptoms of the medical condition that now bears his name. These symptoms include fluctuating hearing loss, episodic vertigo, a sensation of ear fullness, and tinnitus.


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Applying for a grant

Researchers interested in applying for a Ménière's Disease Grant, please visit Submitting an Application. Unsure you qualify? Please review our Policy on Ménière's Disease Grants

For questions about the application or HHF's research grants programs, please contact grants@hhf.org.


The governing body of MDG is the Ménière’s Disease Advisory Board (MDAB), comprised of senior researchers and physicians throughout the country who review each application for scientific merit and program relevance. 

Robert Dobie, M.D., Head of Ménière’s Disease Advisory Board
Clinical Professor
Otology and Neurotology
University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio

Col. John Dillard, U.S. Army (Ret)
Senior Lecturer
Graduate School of Business and Public Policy & Department of Systems Engineering
U.S. Naval Postgraduate School

David S. Haynes, M.D.
Professor of Otolaryngology, Neurosurgery and Hearing and Speech Sciences
Neurotology Division/Fellowship Program/Cochlear Implant Program Director
Vanderbilt University
The Otology Group of Vanderbilt

Elizabeth Keithley, Ph.D. 
Dept. of Surgery and Otolaryngology
University of California at San Diego


Anil K. Lalwani, M.D.
Professor and Vice Chair for Research
Director, Division of Otology, Neurotology and Skull Base Surgery
Director, Columbia Cochlear Implant Center
Columbia University College of Physicians and Surgeons

Steven D. Rauch, M.D.
Vice Chair of Clinical Research, Department of Otolaryngology, Harvard Medical School
Medical Director
Massachusetts Eye and Ear Balance and Vestibular Center

Jay Rubenstein, M.D., Ph.D.
Surgeon, Head and Neck Surgery Center
Director, Bloedel Hearing Research Center
Professor, Head and Neck Surgery and Bioengineering
University of Washington Medical Center

Allen F. Ryan, Ph.D.
Professor of Surgery
Otolaryngology & Neurosciences
University of California, San Diego

Robert V. Shannon, Ph.D.
Research Professor
University of Southern California Biomedical Engineering