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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Birth Defects & Genetic Diseases Research, Deaf & Hearing Impaired Centers, Disabilities, Health, Human Services

Mission: Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization whose mission is to prevent and cure hearing loss and tinnitus through groundbreaking research, and promote hearing health. HHF was founded as the Deafness Research Foundation in 1958, by Collette Ramsey Baker, a woman who lived with a substantial hearing loss. Since then, HHF has worked to provide funding for basic, clinical and translational research in hearing and balance science, and worked towards research and treatments for people with hearing loss, tinnitus, and other hearing conditions. This includes funding research that led to the development of cochlear implants and treatments for otosclerosis (abnormal bone growth in the ear) and ear infections. In the 1990s HHF advocated in Washington, DC, for universal neonatal hearing screening legislation, to detect hearing loss at birth. The primary aims of the foundation are to promote awareness of hearing health and the prevention of noise induced hearing loss, provide seed money to researchers focused on hearing and balance science through grants, and to find better therapies and cures for hearing loss and tinnitus through the Hearing Restoration Project (HRP) and Emerging Research Grants (ERG) programs.

Results: Since 1958 Hearing Health Foundation has given over millions to hearing and balance research, including work that led to cochlear implant technology.

Target demographics: better the lives of people with hearing and balance disorders.

Geographic areas served: United States

Programs: The Hearing Restoration Project, Emerging Research Grants, Ménière's Disease Grants, and Hearing Health Magazine

Community Stories

10 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

I donate to the HHF with a monthly charitable donation because they support a variety of research to cure hearing loss and tinnitus. I am heavily invested in this research as I am personally affected by both. The HHF seeks out a variety of researchers who are working on these goals as both conditions are multifaceted and need various intervention experiments. Please consider supporting this worthy organization today.

Sophia B.1

Board Member

Rating: 5

As a member of the board, I am in awe of what this small, robust organization does to educate our society about Hearing Health. There are not many organizations and non-profits out there that put most of their money to use for actual research and programs as HHF does.

Advisor

Rating: 5

I've been blessed to be a part of this incredible organization for 4 years now. It is amazing what HHF has been able to do with such a small team and lean operations. Heroes of this small but mighty non profit include the researchers who volunteer to run scientific programs and vet grants, the scientists who dedicate their lives to better cures and treatments, the staff who wear many hats and the donors who generously support our mission.

**I chose advisor since executive is not available as a choice but I'm also a donor.

Previous Stories

Advisor

Rating: 5

As a mother and sister of someone with hearing loss - and as the CEO of Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) - I know first hand how we work daily to better the lives of those with hearing loss through our research, education and awareness campaigns.

Donor

Rating: 5

My wife and I have been a donor to HHF for many years. When we discovered our daughter was deaf, we searched for resources that would not only guide us through a complex educational system but also offered the best hope for a scientific discovery to help solve the problem. Both HHF and the New York League for the Hard of Hearing were invaluable resources for us. We are deeply indebted to both for all the guidance and direction and, more importantly, the hope they gave us that with proper funding and research there can be a cure for deafness in our lifetime.

Board Member

Rating: 5

Since its inception in 1958, the Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) has awarded more than 2,000 grants to support hearing and balance research. This research has led to discoveries, new technologies, and dramatic innovations that increase options for those living with hearing loss, as well as protecting those at risk. Its program to support seed-funding to new investigators is one of the few sources of funds to help emerging scientists establish their laboratories. With the potential for hearing restoration through regeneration biology, the scope of HHF research has expanded enormously through its Hearing Restoration Project. The third pillar program of the HHF is its Hearing Health Magazine, which consistently delivers excellent science journalism about hearing loss and tinnitus. The research articles provide the latest information from laboratories and clinics around the world, accompanied by human interest stories and news of interest to all readers, in print and online format. For all these reasons, the Hearing Health Foundation is a "great nonprofit!"

Board Member

Rating: 5

As an individual with Usher Syndrome, I applaud this organization's work for continuing to raise funds for underfunded research for more rarer conditions.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I think this is a wonderful organization that is doing some real cutting edge research. Hands up!

Review from Guidestar

Board Member

Rating: 5

I became associated with the HHF, within the past year. My daughter Blake who is now 2 years old was born with hearing loss and was implanted with cochlears which allows her to hear understand and learn speech. My wife and I felt that joining the board of the HHF would give us the ability to learn more about hearing loss and advocate for our daughter.

We recently chaired a fund raising event that we deemed very successful. And we. Luke not have been more impressed with the staff of the HHF who without we would not have been able to pull off the event. As of September I am happy to continue my role on the board as the Junior Board President.

I look forward to the future and being a valued member of the charity to help fund awareness and knee day find a cure for hearing loss

Pleas feel free to contact me with any questions regarding the HHF and how you cN be more involved.

Michael Kolodny
917.776.1652
Mkolodny@townrealestate.com

Review from Guidestar

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Donor

Rating: 5

I started donating to the Hearing Health foundation back in 2012 when I became aware of their Hearing Restoration Project. I had never before seen such an organized effort toward curing hearing loss, so I was excited to be able to contribute towards such an important dream of mine.

Since donating, I have occasionally helped with promoting their fundraising events. All of them have been great successes and it has been gratifying to see that so many people want to see hearing loss cured in the future. I also like how they regularly have lectures and interviews with scientists participating in the Hearing Restoration Project. It's always nice to hear about their progress and see their research moving forward.

Review from Guidestar