Deafness Research UK Award
Deafness Research UK is the country’s leading medical research charity for people with hearing loss, tinnitus and other hearing problems. Our vision is a world where people are not disabled or disadvantaged by deafness or related conditions We aim to achieve this by encouraging and funding high impact research into prevention, treatment and cure and by providing advice, information and support to improve healthcare. We also work to ensure that people value their hearing and take action to reduce the risks to it.
- Deafness Research UK has funded over £10 million of grants supporting hearing research over the past 25 years.
- One in seven people will have a hearing loss during their lifetime.
- Around 2 million people wear hearing aids in the UK, but it is thought that twice as many could benefit from hearing aids.
- 4.9 million people in the UK have experience tinnitus (a ringing in the ears) for longer than 5 minutes.
- About a quarter of a million people are totally unable to work or lead a normal life because of their tinnitus.
- Losing your hearing can lead to loss of self confidence, isolation and depression, causing loss of employment and difficulties in relationships.
- The estimated cost to the UK of untreated hearing loss in adults is around £18.5 million per year.
- Deafness Research UK has played a key role in a number of major scientific breakthroughs including development of newborn hearing screening tests, identification of genes responsible for inherited deafness, development of digital technology that has led to more effective hearing aids and cochlear implants.
- We support hearing research in the UK through our Auditory Centres of Excellence scheme, annual Postgraduate studentship awards, travel grants, meeting sponsorship and other funding schemes.