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Because sometimes, the biggest ideas start small… Enabling the next breakthrough in hearing and balance research

Every dollar you give can make a difference. That’s why AHRF is structured to work nimbly, efficiently, and transparently.
We welcome you to learn more about our financials.

The American Hearing Research Foundation (AHRF) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization started in 1956. We keep our operations streamlined and work hard to maximize the reach of every dollar we receive. More than 80 percent of our expended resources go to grants to beginning investigators, so they can test ideas and collect data to secure larger funding. Less than 20 percent of expended resources go toward fundraising and administrative costs—which include the maintenance of our website designed to educate the public on hearing and balance disorders of the inner ear, as well as to keep researchers and the media apprised of what we’re doing.

Each year, AHRF funds five to 10 research projects, with grants of $20,000 to $50,000 per study. AHRF also awards up to five $1,000 grants to otolaryngology residents. Since 2010 alone, the Foundation has funded nearly $2 million toward more 88 projects.

AHRF receives donations from individuals, employee giving programs, and the merchant donor programs Amazon Smile and iGive. It also receives funding from its partnership with run because, a grassroots nonprofit organization dedicated to raising awareness and funding for Meniere’s disease research. Income also comes from returns on investments.

AHRF is recognized by the GuideStar Exchange with a Gold Star rating for transparency and accountability. GuideStar USA, Inc. is the premier source of nonprofit information. We are externally audited each year.


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American Hearing Research Foundation

275 N. York Street, Suite 201
Elmhurst, IL 60126

(630) 617-5079