The Hearing Health Foundation (HHF) is an organization that is dedicated to curing hearing loss. They fund research and help with collaboration efforts between scientists. The Hearing Health Foundation actually renamed themselves in about 2010 or 2011 when they were known as the Deafness Research Foundation. The rename was a smart marketing move because usually people associated deafness with extreme hearing loss and so tend to think of only a certain degree of hearing loss. Whereas having it renamed to the Hearing Health Foundation makes someone think about hearing issues in general.
The Hearing Restoration Project
The Hearing Health Foundation began an ambitious project called the Hearing Restoration Project (HRP). As the name of the project implies it’s about finding treatments or cures to help with hearing loss. There are three phases to the Hearing Restoration Project. The first phase involves researching what genes trigger hair cell regeneration in animals like chickens and what genes stop hair cell regeneration in mammals. Once this reaches a sufficient level of knowledge the researchers will then move onto phase two. Phase two involves using the knowledge from phase one to try to trigger hair cell regeneration in mammals. Then once phase two reaches … Read more