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New Research Funding Opportunity: Societal Costs of Severe-Profound Hearing Loss

Research Topic: Planning for a Study on the Societal Costs of Hearing Loss.

About the Grant: American Cochlear Implant Alliance will partner with the American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF) to offer up to $25,000  in funding for a one-year planning project on the societal costs of deafness. The proposal due date is August 15, 2018.

It is intended that the grant recipient will explore and recommend a detailed plan for updating the seminal Project HOPE study published in 2000 (Mohr PE et al, The Societal Costs of Severe to Profound Hearing Loss in the United States, International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care, 2000;16(4):1120-35). This grant is intended to support the planning of a future study to address societal costs of severe-profound hearing loss.

The proposed study should review and summarize comparable studies completed for other interventions and the impact on healthcare access. Issues that should be considered include (but are not be limited to):

  • Population to be studied (adults, children or both)
  • Data collection plan
  • Method for demonstrating cost effectiveness
  • Personnel
  • Budget and timeline to undertake a future study

Grantees may be scientists in the field of hearing loss, otolaryngologists, audiologists, speech language pathologists, economists, health care experts, or others with generic expertise in the topics. The topic lends itself to an interdisciplinary approach involving individuals working within and beyond cochlear implantation.

Grant recipients will need to submit a progress report by the end of April 2019. Reports may be included on our website and/or in our newsletter Soundings. Recipients also must notify AHRF in advance of any publication of their research funded by the Foundation. Recipients should notify AHRF if any aspect of their funded research is reported in the media. It is our goal to highlight research results and publications.

Recipients will be required to submit a final report of their research plan by the end of January 2020.

Submissions: Proposals for this grant will be made via our partner, American Hearing Research Foundation, using their grant submission process. The research is described here:

The link for the AHRF grant application guidelines is

If you have questions regarding this grant, contact Donna Sorkin at If you have questions about the grant submission process, address them to Joan Wincentsen at

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