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American Hearing Research Foundation
The American Hearing Research Foundation funds medical research to find cures and treatments for hearing loss, and provides trusted information on hearing disorders.
Telephone: 630-617-5079

CFC Code: 10571
IRS EIN Number: 36-2612784

Every dollar the AHRF uses to fund research into hearing loss brings us closer to cures and treatments that will improve the lives of the 36 million people in the United States who are hearing impaired. AHRF-funded medical research helps shed light on why hearing is lost, and how it can be treated and restored through new medical therapies, or by improving current technologies like hearing aids and cochlear implants. Every dollar donated to the AHRF helps researchers buy supplies for their labs, perform their experiments and hire lab technicians and shape future treatments and cures for hearing loss, which affects 17 percent of Americans, and one in three people older than 65. So just one dollar spent on cutting edge hearing research has the potential to improve the quality of life for millions of hard of hearing and deaf people in the United States, and even more worldwide.


Research funded by the American Hearing Research Foundation over the last five years has yielded many key insights into potential medical treatments for hearing loss. AHRF researchers have:

- Begun screening hundreds of drugs for their potential to influence hair cells and neurons in the inner ear which are lost or damaged in hearing loss. This kind of large drug library screening has never before been performed to test for potential drugs to treat hearing loss.

- Developed a technique to grow large numbers of hair cells for use in lab experiments, eliminating the laborious and time-consuming process of manually collecting the small numbers of hair cells present in individual cochleas.

- Use stem cells to produce spiral ganglion neurons- the neurons responsible to carrying sound information from the hair cells to the auditory nerve. The death of these neurons is a major cause of hearing loss.

- Developed the first genetic therapy to restore hearing in a mouse model.

- Identified and described crucial inner ear structures responsible for balance.


The American Hearing Research Foundation reaches more than 100,000 health consumers and patients seeking quality information on hearing and balance disorders through its website, www.american-hearing.org, and its print and electronic newsletters. The AHRF provides more than 30 in-depth, physician-authored articles on hearing and balance disorders with links to current research and resources to find additional support. The AHRF also presents information on hearing and provides hearing testing at senior centers, health fairs, conferences and meetings attended by patients and physicians alike. The AHRF fields specific questions on hearing loss that come in over the phone and by email and provides responses from our physician board members.

Beginning in April, 2013, and occurring annually going forward, the AHRF will offer a day-long educational opportunity for patients on various hearing and balance topics. The first AHRF symposium will focus on dizziness and balance disorders, and will feature nine physician experts as speakers. The symposium is free, and includes breakfast and lunch. Between seventy and ninety attendees are expected.



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