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For Applicants

ergThe Letter of Intent period for the 2017 Emerging Research Grant cycle is now open. Click here to take the eligibility quiz.

To submit a Letter of Intent, please download and read the instructions guide found here. Applicants that do not follow instructions will not be considered.

Please review the Policy on Emerging Research Grants before proceeding. Applications must only be submitted in one of the stated research topic areas below. Applications outside of these areas will not be considered.

General Hearing Health:In addition to specific topics below, HHF supports research in the following areas of special interest:

  • Physiology of hearing and balance
  • Epidemiology of auditory and vestibular disorders
  • Human otopathology
  • Diagnosis, treatment and prevention of hearing loss and balance disturbance
  • Human genetics and mouse models of peripheral and central auditory/balance dysfunction
  • Innovation in cellular and molecular therapies
  • Auditory and vestibular implants, and hearing aids

Central Auditory Processing Disorders: CAPD is general term for a range of disorders within the ear and brain that affect the processing of auditory information. The following areas of research are of special interest:

  • normal and abnormal auditory processing
  • creating testable models of auditory processing disorders
  • etiology, diagnosis, and treatment of CAPD
  • genetics of CAPD
  • development of screening tools and diagnostic tests for CAPD including behavioral, physiologic and neuroimaging
  • language, music, learning and communication issues related to CAPD

Hearing Loss in Children: Congenital and acquired childhood hearing loss, if left untreated, can have devastating, lifelong consequences. The following areas of research are of special interest:

  • Etiology of childhood hearing loss (e.g., genetic, infectious, traumatic)
  • Assessment and diagnosis of childhood hearing loss
  • Auditory neuropathy
  • Behavioral, cognitive, developmental, and psychosocial consequences of childhood hearing loss
  • Impact of early intervention
  • Education of the hearing impaired child
  • Cochlear implants and Auditory Brainstem Implants in children

Hyperacusis: Hyperacusisis characterized by an increased sensitivity and reduced tolerance to certain aspects of sound. Research in the following areas are of special interest:

  • mechanisms of hyperacusis
  • development of animal models
  • genetics of hyperacusis
  • etiology, diagnosis and treatment of  hyperacusis
  • brain imaging, biomarkers, electrophysiology of hyperacusis
  • distinctions between hyperacusis and tinnitus
  • Interaction between auditory nerve and trigeminal nerve information

Meniere’s Disease: Meniere’s disease is characterized by episodic vertigo, hearing loss, tinnitus, and the sensation of ear fullness. The following areas of research are of special interest:

  • mechanisms of endolymphatic hydrops including mechanisms of cochlear fluid regulation
  • genetics of Meniere’s disease
  • animal models  of Meniere’s disease
  • imaging of hydrops
  • etiology, diagnosis and treatment of Meniere’s disease
  • vestibular function and dysfunction

Stria: The stria vascularis plays an important role in inner ear homeostasis. Basic, translational, and clinical research on the stria vascularis and spiral ligament are of special interest including:

  • normal and abnormal development
  • normal and abnormal function
  • cell types and their physiology
  • endocochlear potential
  • ion transport mechanisms
  • genetics of the cochlear lateral wall
  • etiology, diagnosis and treatment of stria-related hearing loss

Tinnitus: Tinnitus is the perception of sounds in the ear in the absence of an acoustic stimulus. Research is needed on both the perception of and reaction to tinnitus, focusing on the following areas:

  • Peripheral and central mechanisms
  • Role of ion channels, ototoxicity, genetics
  • Subjective and objective assessment
  • Etiology, diagnosis, treatment, and prevention
  • Imaging of tinnitus

Usher Syndrome: Usher syndrome is characterized hearing loss and retinitis pigmentosa and is the most common cause of combined blindness and deafness. Research focusing on the following areas is of special interest:

  • Etiology, diagnosis and treatment of Usher Syndrome
  • Genetics of Usher syndrome
  • Role of identified genes in hearing and vision
  • Creation of mouse models of Usher syndrome
  • Development of molecular and cellular therapies

For any questions about the Letter of Intent (LOI), full application, or the grants process, please contact grants@hhf.org.


July 1, 2017 – June 30, 2018


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