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My 48 hour sponsored silence to take on tinnitus

Posted on: Friday, October 24, 2014 by james robins

Portrait photo of Eddie Leader.Loud music can permanently damage your hearing and cause tinnitus, but many clubbers and gig-goers continue to take risks by going to live events without wearing earplugs.

DJ and producer, Eddie Leader, tells us how tinnitus has affected him and why he’s taking on a 48 hour sponsored silence challenge to raise awareness and vital funds to help us silence tinnitus for good.

Our young scientists report back from the IEB workshop 2014

Posted on: Thursday, October 23, 2014 by james robins

A portrait image of Pooja.We’re dedicated to supporting the hearing loss and tinnitus scientists of the future, so we recently funded 15 young researchers to go to the Inner Ear Biology Workshop 2014.

Pooja Takhar, from our Biomedical Research team, tells us more about the workshop and shares the feedback we’ve had from our young scientists who attended.

Plastin 1 – the protein that helps maintain hearing

Posted on: Tuesday, October 21, 2014 by james robins
A portrait image of Ruth Taylor.The hair cells in our inner ear are crucial to our ability to hear, and in particular, the tiny hair-like projections from these cells that give them their name. Many proteins are involved in the formation and function of these ‘hairs’, including a protein called plastin 1.

Ruth Taylor is one of the researchers we fund and is based at the UCL Ear Institute. She tells us about her latest findings on the importance of plastin 1 in maintaining our hair cells, and therefore our hearing, throughout our lives.

Volunteers make a real difference

Posted on: Thursday, October 16, 2014 by james robins

Portrait photo of Andy Griffin.Our volunteers play a vital role in our campaigns, helping us connect with local communities and make a difference for people with hearing loss throughout the UK.

Andy Griffin is one of our volunteers in Northumberland. He tells us how he’s led successful campaigns to set up free lipreading classes and improve access in local theatres.

Make a difference and learn new skills

Posted on: Thursday, October 9, 2014 by james robins

Portrait photo of Richard Smith.Our volunteers make a vital difference to people with hearing loss, but they’ll all tell you that they also get so much back in return; from the fulfilment of helping others to the opportunity to learn new skills.

Richard Smith volunteers at our London Resource Room. He tells us how volunteering has enabled him to develop new skills whilst supporting a cause that’s important to him.