The American Hearing Research Foundation is a worthy organization that provides small grants to worthy investigators to initiate their research. Both basic science and translational research grants are funded on a one year cycle. Manny AHRF funded investigators later apply for and are awarded larger NIH grants.
Founded in 1956 by Dr. George E. Shaumbaugh, Jr., The American Hearing Research Foundation serves two vital roles: to fund significant research in hearing and balance disorders, and to help educate the public.
We fund 5 to 10 research projects per year, with an average grant of $20,000. These research projects cover a wide range of research areas and are conducted with the hopes that we might better understand how we lose hearing and balance functions, how we regain them, and, most importantly, how to preserve the function we still have. Recent topics include “Development of Audiovisual Integration Skills in Deaf Infants Following Cochlear Implantation” and “Otolith Function on the Cardiovascular System.” Please see our list of Funded Grants from the last several years.
As a not-for-profit organization, a major source of our income is through donations. We have received generous contributions from individuals, corporations, and institutions, and continue to rely on these donations to fund future research.
We have created this Web site as a means to help educate the general public on many aspects of hearing and balance disorders. Here, you will find general information on many common ear disorders, including descriptions, causes, diagnoses, and treatments. References are also included as a source for further information. We also publish a Newsletter, available by subscription, as well as a number of pamphlets on a variety of topics.
Our Board of Directors comprises a distinguished panel of experts in the fields of hearing and balance, medicine, and business. Our Research Committee includes clinicians, researchers, and educators who evaluate Grant Applications and select the most promising ones.
The American Hearing Research Foundtion provides monetary support for scientific projects that have great potential in alleviating hearing loss. Hearing loss is a common sensory disorder with wide-ranging impacts that include impaired language acquisition in deaf children and social isolation and depression in adults who lose their hearing later in life. ~33% of American adults begin to lose their hearing between the ages of 19 and 44 years (NIDCD), and this is likely to increase with the widespread use of portable music players.
The funding provided by the foundation allows young investigators the means to pursue their own line of independent work in the auditory field.
The AHRF has provided me with start-up funds to collect pilot data regarding the effects of progressive hearing loss on the auditory brainstem. My team and I are now able to investigate some important unanswered questions about hearing loss. These data will form the basis for future grant applications to federal funding agencies.
The AHRF has been instrumental in providing seed money to young investigators just starting out on their own course of research. As the federal budget tightens, these seed grants become more and more essential to making the transition to independent investigator.