Soon, Joe won’t be able to hear any more. He’s finding it harder and harder to hear his friends in the playground, or listen to the chatter at home. His confusion at becoming deaf is distressing.
“Mummy, why do I have to be the only one to lose my hearing?”he asked recently. Of course, he isn’t the only one. But it feels like it to this little boy who, in time, will become completely deaf.
Our scientists are trying to help Joe
Action on Hearing Loss – we used to be called RNID – is funding biomedical research into cures for hearing loss. And because we choose our research projects very carefully, and our scientists are some of the best in the world, we're getting results.
In 2012, for example, one of our scientists found a way to repair the auditory nerve that links the ear to the brain, and which is easily damaged. This needs a lot of testing but it brings treatments for hearing loss much closer.
Most of the money that has paid for this research, and other projects that are also breaking exciting new ground, comes from gifts that people like you have kindly left to us in their wills.
Will you help find a cure, with a gift in your will?
Although research takes a long time, we know we’re now on the road to cures that could reverse Joe’s deafness when he’s older.
Please make a difference with your will. Leave a gift to Action on Hearing Loss - for Joe, and the thousands of other children and adults like him.