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.