Untreated hearing loss not only impacts our ability to communicate, but also leads to social isolation, depression, loneliness, and cognitive decline. Research suggests that people with hearing loss are also more likely to develop dementia.

Current treatment options for people with hearing loss (either hearing aids or cochlear implants) do not repair or treat the underlying cause of hearing loss, which is the damage to the delicate sensory hair cells, nerve fibres and their synaptic connections.

Research by the Bionics Institute has shown that the delivery of specific drugs to the inner ear not only prevents the loss of sensory cells, but can promote regrowth of the nerve fibres and their reconnection with the sensory hair cells to potentially reverse hearing loss. Read more about our research here.

With your help, we aim to develop a clinically viable therapy to prevent continued loss of hearing that will provide real benefits to those who are losing this vital sense.

Please help our researchers get closer to reversing hearing loss.

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