£4 million boost for hearing research

In January, Action on Hearing Loss and Biotechnology and Biological Sciences Research Council (BBSRC) announced that they will invest £4 million into hearing research.

This new funding will support 13 projects in total, investigating how the inner ear develops, and how it and our hearing changes as we get older. These investments will also go towards supporting research into treatments for tinnitus, identifying genetic causes of hearing loss and developing more accurate hearing tests.

Professor Melanie Welham, BBSRC’s Science Director, said: ‘Supporting research to address the challenges of an ageing population is a key priority for BBSRC and working with Action on Hearing Loss has given us the opportunity to encourage research that could in the future contribute to reducing the ever increasing burden hearing loss places on society and the economy.’

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