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      Philanthropic giving

      We're close to a breakthrough on curing hearing loss. Find out how your major donation can make it happen sooner.

      Hearing Loss can destroy lives

      Sue Wilson, philanthropist and a cochlear implant user, says:

      “I was totally deaf in my left ear and my right ear, which was doing all the hearing, wasn’t doing much… Everyday-life became a minefield, I found myself withdrawing more and more. [Then] I had bilateral cochlear implants… It’s been quite miraculous; my life has been turned around.

      "I know that Action on Hearing Loss funded research into cochlear implants from the beginning. That’s why I’m delighted to support them in their attempts to find even better ways to cure this debilitating and insidious condition.”

      A growing problem

      Hearing Loss is becoming a health crisis. By 2031 more than 14.5 million people will be affected, that’s one in five of us.Despite this, hearing research is starved of funding. Currently, less than 1% of the UK’s public medical research subsidy goes towards hearing research (that's only £1.11 for each person affected in 2014). This needs to change, and we need your help to do that.

      A cure within a generation

      A cure for hearing loss is no longer unthinkable - in fact, it’s almost within our reach.

      With more philanthropic partnerships helping to pay for more scientists and more laboratories, we expect the first treatments for hearing loss or tinnitus to be available within five years.

      At Action on Hearing Loss, we're experts in backing the best hearing loss research and we run the world’s largest donor-funded hearing research programme.

      Philanthropic gifts were instrumental in:

      • developing cochlear implants and the introduction of hearing screening for all newborn babies
      • developing a way of implanting stem cells into the cochlea so that they restore hearing
      • the discovery of the gene which increases susceptibility to glue ear and the first gene linked to otosclerosis.

      We run one of the largest donor-funded programmes in the world, but we need to treble our investment to have the best chance of finding cures sooner.

      This is why we need your help.

      Our donors

      Our research is entirely dependent on charitable donations, we simply couldn’t do any of it without our major donors. In particular, we'd like to recognise the following philanthropists who have supported our research programme:

      • MariaMarina Foundation
      • Professor Elizabeth Russell
      • The AlFayed Charitable Foundation
      • The late Sir Naim Dangoor, CBE, and family.

      Thank you again.

      Your gift could make all the difference

      Dr Eri Hashino, whose study of the growth of inner ear sensory tissue from stem cells at Indiana University is funded by Action on Hearing Loss says:

      “We expect our research to provide unprecedented opportunities for discovering drugs to promote the generation of damaged hair cells.”

      Your investment can have a real impact:

      • £25,000 funds an Action on Hearing Loss PhD student for one year of their three-year research project, meaning that you will help to kick start the career of the scientists of tomorrow.
      • £50,000 funds one year of a top level research project to generate scientific discoveries that will lead to new treatments to protect, improve or restore hearing
      • £100,000 funds a year of our most advanced research projects, bringing promising treatments closer to clinical trials and, ultimately, benefiting people with hearing loss or tinnitus

      On average, every £1 that our supporters invest in hearing research generates a further £10 of follow-on public and private funding.

      How we thank you

      As an investor in our work, not only will we put your donation to good use, we'll keep you updated on how your support is making a difference. Our senior leadership team enjoys meeting our donors at exclusive events, and organising lab tours so that supporters can see our groundbreaking work in person.

      Acknowledgement of support is provided in our annual report for those who are happy to be publicly thanked. And for the highest level donors, there's also the possibility of having the honour to name scholarships, programmes and care homes.

      Get in touch


      We’re on the brink of major breakthroughs and we need your help more than ever.

      If you would like to find out more about how to get involved in philanthropy, get in touch with us on partnerships@hearingloss.org.uk or 020 7294 3743.

      We fund the best hearing and tinnitus research around the world – here are the innovative projects we're supporting now.

      meet one of our scientists

      Find out more about some of the dedicated researchers and PhD students we're currently supporting, and why they've chosen to work in hearing and tinnitus research.