Hyperacusis Research accomplishes the mission to develop treatments for hyperacusis by funding research grants. Except for the research grants themselves, our organization has minimal expenses – for example, there are no salaries and no office space costs – which enables your contributions to go directly to funding these grants.
To date, we have funded nine research grants in partnership with the Hearing Health Foundation’s Emerging Research Grants program. Our ability to fund grants is a direct function of donations we receive, so we greatly appreciate your support.
List of Research Grants
2012 – Comprehensive hyperacusis literature review (in 2 parts), which was published in the December 2014 American Journal of Audiology
Review of Hyperacusis and Future Directions: Part I. Definitions and Manifestations
A Review of Hyperacusis and Future Directions: Part II. Measurement, Mechanisms, and Treatment
2014 – Kelly Radziwon, Ph.D., University at Buffalo – The relationship between pain associated proteins in the auditory pathway and hyperacusis
2015 – Brad Buran, Ph.D., Oregon Hearing Research Center, Oregon Health & Science University – Neural mechanisms of hyperacusis in the inferior colliculus and cortex of animals with noise-induced auditory neurodegeneration
2016 – Dr. Xiying Guan, Massachusetts Eye & Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School – Hyperacusis caused by abnormalities in auditory mechanics
2017 (Grant 1 of 2) – Jennifer Resnik, Ph.D., Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and Harvard Medical School – Homeostatic modifications in cortical GABA circuits enable states of hyperexcitability and reduced sound level tolerance after auditory nerve degeneration
2017 (Grant 2 of 2) – Senthilvelan Manohar, Ph.D., University at Buffalo – Behavioral Model of Loudness Intolerance
2018 – Kelly Radziwon, Ph.D., University at Buffalo – Noise-induced hyperacusis in rats with and without hearing loss
2019 – David Martinelli, Ph.D., University of Connecticut Health Center – Creation and validation of a novel, genetically induced animal model for hyperacusis
2021 and 2022 – Megan Beers Wood, Ph.D., Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine – Type II auditory nerve fibers as instigators of the cochlear immune response after acoustic trauma