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Review for Hearing Research Inc, San Francisco, CA, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

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.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've met several people that have been helped by research that the AHRF provided initial seed money for. It is good to be able to meet people who have directly benefited from the reseach we fund.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I'd like to see the AHRF continue to grow and provide even more money for more reseach in it's effort to address hearing related problems to the point when they are essentially eliminated.

Will you volunteer or donate to this organization beyond what is required of board members?


How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you tell others about this organization?


How did you learn about this organization?

A close associate asked me to become a board member more than 10 years ago.

What is this organization's top short-term priority?

Funding great research that produces results and strategically growing and becoming even more effecitve in it's mission.

What is its top priority in the long run?

To essentially emilinate hearing related disorders.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?


Role:  Board Member & I help the foundation maximize its investment returns in order that we can continue to fund great projects. .