Finding treatments for hearing loss, tinnitus, and dizziness

​Through our mission of research, education, and community care, the Ear Research Foundation has helped thousands of individuals with hearing loss and balance disorders.

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This silent disease strikes 1 in 10

Unaddressed hearing disorders cost over $980 billion a year. The high cost of inaction impacts education, employment, health care, and economic productivity.” -World Report on Hearing 2021, World Health Organization (WHO)

Since 1979, Ear Research Foundation has been making great strides in improving those statistics through its three-fold program: Research, Education, and Community Care



Decades of Progress and counting…
Three Programs. One Goal
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Research

Our researchers have developed new procedures and surgical instruments that have changed countless lives


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Education

The Ear Research Foundation hosts Community Lectures and Clinical Fellowship Training


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Community Care

Community Clinic, Preschool Hearing Screenings, and Hearing devices for those in need. Growing Community Partnerships.

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Breaking the Soundless Barrier So All May Hear

“Blindness separates us from things, but deafness separates us from people” - Helen Keller

Invest in Hearing Innovation

Leading the World in Hyperacusis Surgery

Dr. Silverstein has developed the first corrective surgical treatment for hyperacusis, and we are now the leading center in the world for hyperacusis surgery.

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Meet Our Founder

In 1979, the Ear Research Foundation was established in Sarasota, Florida by President and Founder, Dr. Herbert Silverstein.

The Foundation was created out of his desire to continue research and development and to contribute to medical education in a private setting in the field of Otolaryngology.

​Through its mission of research, education, and community care, the Ear Research Foundation has helped thousands of individuals with hearing loss and balance disorders.

Testimonials
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Eleanor Brunner

2021

“It’s unbelievable. I’m so thankful. I don’t know what I would have done. It’s like having a life again. I can hear people talking, & be in conversations. This is a whole new life. It’s a miracle.”

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Amber Ellis

2021

 "Thank you to all the donors, & doctors who have helped me through my hearing issues. Thank you for the hearing aid. It has made a huge difference in my life, at home, at work, wherever I go. Thank you so much."

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Audrey Ventimiglia

2019

“For so long I couldn’t do anything as simple as going out. I was looking out over the crowd and not believing that I was there laughing and talking like everyone else. It was surreal; I wasn’t in pain.”

 

Give the gift of hearing today

We hope that you consider a monthly donation to support our efforts to make healthy hearing
accessible for children, adults, and seniors within our community.