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The National Foundation for the Deaf has a growing international presence, as it works to address universal issues facing the hard of hearing.

The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People (IFHOH)

The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People provides a platform for co-operation and exchange of information between organisations for the hard of hearing.

IFHOH and its members work with the UN Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities, and on policy papers relating to areas of need, such as hearing aids and accessibility.

If you would like to receive the IFHOH email newsletter, contact us.

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IFHOH President Ruth Warick (left) and IFHOH General Secretary, our former CEO, Dr. Louise Sinden-Carroll.

The International Federation of Hard of Hearing People, based in Stockholm, is an international, non-governmental organisation, representing the interests of more than 300 million hard of hearing people worldwide. Our former CEO, Dr Louise Sinden-Carroll represents New Zealand as a member of the Federation's board, with Human Rights responsibilities. Her voluntary role benefits people with hearing loss both in New Zealand and around the world.

The United Nations and the right to hear

Every four years, the UN holds a Universal Periodic Review of human rights. The review is an opportunity for the 192 UN members to declare what steps they have taken to improve their national human rights situations.

In 2013 our organisation sent a submission to the UN review of New Zealand. The focus was on the pressing issues of ACC claims, APD funding and the lack of broadcast captioning, as a matter of human rights. More on our human rights work.

First-ever gene therapy trial for hearing loss

Action on Hearing Loss UK's latest bulletin (January 2015) reports how researchers in America have begun the first-ever clinical trial of a gene therapy to treat hearing loss. The aim of the therapy is to encourage re-growth of the sensory hair cells in the inner ear. Nicola, from their Biomedical Research team, discusses more about the trial, and the science behind it.

Read more on their blog at www.actiononhearingloss.org.uk/community/blogs/our-guest-blog/the-first-gene-therapy-trial-for-hearing-loss.aspx

Latest news from Action on Hearing Loss UK

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Hearing Progress Update


We’re delighted to share with you our latest Hearing Progress Update, which you can read online now.

Since 1999 our specialised and targeted research has sped up the discovery and development of treatments to prevent hearing loss, restore hearing and silence tinnitus. In this year’s Hearing Progress, we’re able to highlight significant, recent triumphs, including breakthroughs in understanding glue ear and otosclerosis, ways to better stimulate the auditory nerve – the key to improving cochlear implants – and establishing the link between tinnitus and ‘hidden hearing loss’.

We’re excited about our progress, and hope you are too! Please spread the word: treatments and cures are within reach.

Dr Sohaila Rastan
Executive Director
Biomedical Research

Dr Eri Hashino

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