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      A donation from you today could help fund life-changing research and transform thousands of lives.

      £25 could pay for a volunteer to attend a brain scan to help us understand how brain changes due to hearing loss are linked to dementia.

      £35 could cover the costs of chemicals and other materials needed for one day's research into how hearing loss is linked to dementia.

      £50 could pay for half a day's research into how hearing loss may accelerate the cognitive changes that happen during ageing.

      Your donation today could change lives by helping fund leading scientists to undertake vital research into treatments and cures, and by providing emotional and practical support so no one affected by hearing loss need feel alone.

      For safety we only allow donations of up to £25,000 online. Please call us to complete your donation. We apologise for the inconvenience.

      Telephone: 01733 361199 Textphone: 01733 333 3333

      What if a simple hearing aid could save thousands of people from dementia - will you help find the answer?

      There is strong evidence that people with severe hearing loss are five times more likely to develop dementia. Shockingly, even mild hearing loss can double the risk. The two conditions may have a huge impact on each other – so scientists like Dr Dawes are working hard to understand this link.

      He told us, “Our project will identify the potential for hearing interventions to improve mental well-being in older age, reduce cognitive decline and ultimately prevent dementia.”

      Put simply, Dr Dawes’ work could potentially prove that getting an early diagnosis of hearing loss – and taking steps to combat it by wearing a hearing aid – could prevent people from descending into dementia.

      Your donation could mean the world to people like Karl and his wife Paula. Karl is only 58, but last year he got diagnosed with dementia. He also has hearing problems, telling us, “Sometimes when there’s a lot of noise around, I struggle to hear. I tend to withdraw.”

      Karl’s wife Paula said, “Karl had to retire from his job as Civilian Investigator for the Metropolitan Police as he found certain aspects of the job difficult. What’s really heart-breaking is that we’ve been told his dementia will gradually get worse. So, you can imagine how amazed we were when we heard that something as simple as wearing a hearing aid might possibly slow down his decline – and give him a few more years of clarity. I hope this research can help Karl. It gives us so much hope.”

      Karl and Paula
      This research could have an enormous effect on thousands of people’s health and happiness and change the future for everyone. Please give what you can today and be a vital part of it. Thank you

      Looking for information, support or advice about dementia? Call the National Dementia Helpline on: 
      0300 222 11 22

      If you are worried about your own or a loved one’s hearing, we provide reliable information on our website. You can also contact the Action on Hearing Loss free and confidential Information Line on 0808 808 0123, text-phone 0808 808 9000 or email

      To protect Karl and Paula’s privacy, we have not used their actual photos.