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Our research projects

We fund the best hearing and tinnitus research around the world. Find out about the innovative projects we’re supporting now in each of our key areas.

Restoring hearing 

Hidden hearing loss: the brain’s view

Understanding the role of a gene called MIR96 in age-related hearing loss

Better understanding the connections between hair cells and nerve cells

Improving speech understanding for cochlear implant users

Developing new medicines to treat age-related and noise-induced hearing loss

Objective testing of hearing aid quality

Improving cochlear implantation surgery to preserve residual hearing

Testing potential drugs to protect the inner ear from ototoxic aminoglycoside antibiotics

Understanding how otosclerosis develops

Using light to improve cochlear implants

Improving speech understanding for cochlear implant users


Preventing hearing loss 

What happens to ototoxic drugs when they get into hair cells?

Can improving blood supply to the inner ear prevent hearing loss?

Testing potential drugs to protect the inner ear from ototoxic aminoglycoside antibiotics

Understanding what the dystroglycan protein does in the inner ear


Silencing tinnitus 

Chronic pain – how it might help us find a treatment for tinnitus

How does sleep affect tinnitus?

Developing an objective test for tinnitus

Testing brain stimulation as a possible long-term treatment for tinnitus


Hearing loss and dementia 

Hearing loss and dementia: how are they linked?

Can hearing aids prevent dementia in people with hearing loss?