Massachusetts Eye and Ear Receives $20 Million for Hearing Research

Massachusetts Eye and Ear, a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School, has announced a gift of more than $20 million from an anonymous donor in support of research on hearing and hearing loss.

The gift, which will be counted toward Mass Eye and Ear's $200 million capital campaign, will be used to accelerate research at the hospital's Eaton-Peabody Laboratories, an international center for research focused on developing new treatment strategies for hearing loss, hearing impairments such as tinnitus and hyperacusis, and balance disorders. In addition to providing sustained support for research, the funds will be used to seed new faculty chairs and recruit leading researchers.

"Hearing loss robs millions of people of the ability to easily communicate with loved ones, colleagues and friends, and often results in devastating social isolation," said D. Bradley Welling, the Walter Augustus LeCompte Professor and Chair of Otolaryngology at Harvard Medical School and chief of otolaryngology at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital. "This historic donation to our research program comes at an exciting time, when advances are happening every day, and we are closer than ever before to developing new treatments to restore hearing."