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Our History

Since 1958, our grantees have become leaders in hearing research, with many later receiving important federal grants. Former grantees make up 20% of recipients of the prestigious Association for Research in Otolaryngology Award of Merit.

The work of our grantees has led to many of today’s standard treatments, such as cochlear implants, treatments for otitis media (ear infections) and surgical therapy for otosclerosis.

Now our Hearing Restoration Project is on the brink of developing a genuine cure for most forms of acquired hearing loss by regenerating the inner ear hair cells that enable hearing.

After living with substantial hearing loss for many years, a young woman named Collette Ramsey Baker suddenly regained a significant amount of her hearing through a procedure called fenestration. In gratitude, she founded the Deafness Research Foundation in 1958. Over the years it has evolved into today’s Hearing Health Foundation.

Hearing Health Foundation Timeline

 
 
 
HEARING LOSS AFFECTS FAR MORE PEOPLE THAN YOU'D EXPECT
Almost 50 million Americans – probably twice that number by 2030, as the population ages.
 
60 percent of our returning veterans.
 
1 in 5 teenagers.
 
 
 
 
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