NOHR Foundation
Funding Biomedical Research into the
Preventions, Treatments, Causes and Cures
of Hearing Loss & Deafness

Burt Evans Award

An annual award honoring excellence, commitment and achievement in auditory research by a young scientist, presented by the NOHR Foundation at the yearly Midwinter Meeting of the Association for Researchers in Otolaryngology (ARO), was inaugurated in February 1998. The award is named for Burt Evans, Ph.D., a dedicated, promising auditory scientist who succumbed to ALS in 1997.

Past recipients are:

Ronna Hertzano, M.D., Ph.D. (2014)
University of Maryland School of Medicine
Patrick Kanold, Ph.D. (2013)
Virginia Best, Ph.D. (2012)
Konstantina M. Stankovic, M.D., Ph.D. (2011)
Daniel J. Tollin, Ph.D. (2010)
John V. Brigande, Ph.D. (2009)
Lisa L. Cunningham, Ph.D. (2008)
Karina S. Cramer, Ph.D. (2007)
Jeffrey R. Holt, Ph.D. (2006)
Stefan Heller, Ph.D. (2005)
Elisabeth Glowatzki, Ph.D. (2004)
John P. Carey, M.D. (2003)
Anthony Ricci, Ph.D. (2002)
Jennifer Stone, Ph.D. (2001)
Matthew W. Kelley, Ph.D. (2000)
Karen B. Avraham, Ph.D. (1999)
Henry Adler, Ph.D. (1998)

Screening for Hearing Loss in Newborns

NOHR Foundation has garnered support for testing infants� hearing before the babies leave the hospital after birth. NOHR Foundation has facilitated a major grant for a Temple (in Philadelphia, PA) University Medical Center program which screens all newborns and recommends follow-up and remedial care, if necessary. A local foundation and donors to a special NOHR Foundation appeal contributed additional monies. The results of this study have illustrated the benefits of early detection and rehabilitation.

Auditory Science Publications

NOHR Foundation has provided funding for scientific publications which resulted from otologic conferences at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center at the University of Washington, the Kresge Hearing Research Laboratory at Louisiana State University and the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary.

�Hearing Loss and Loud Music�

In 1994, NOHR Foundation approached Channel One, the award-winning in-school newsbroadcast for junior high and high school students, about producing a program on hearing health for young people. NOHR Foundation provided information, statistics and contact with hearing health professionals to the producers. �Hearing Health and Loud Music,� which featured the popular band Metallica encouraging teens to take care of their hearing by protecting it from excessive noise, aired to more than 8 million students in February 1995. It was rated best show of the year by teachers and students and has won silver awards at a television/cable education conference (1995) and a film festival (education category�1996).

NOHR had wonderful input and help from the organization HEAR (Hearing Education and Awareness for Rockers) and its founder, Kathy Peck.

Facilitated Grants

From time to time, NOHR Foundation is privileged to assist other philanthropic organizations which wish to fund hearing research, but need direction as to the best scientists and projects to support. NOHR Foundation has been honored to facilitate several substantial grants to auditory scientists from various other foundations and a health insurance provider.

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Since 1988, the National Organization for Hearing Research Foundation has donated $10 million for 520 projects.
Nearly 42 million Americans suffer from some form of communication disorder.

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