Vision – Reduce the burden of hearing loss on Service Members, Veterans, and the American public

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The HRRP was initiated in 2017 to pursue promising, necessary research for treatment of burdensome and very prevalent auditory system injury. It is estimated that more than 30 million Americans over the age of 12 years have hearing loss in both ears and an estimated 48 million have hearing loss in at least one ear. In the military the two most prevalent service-connected disabilities are related to hearing disorders. The most recent data from the Veterans Benefits Administration, Department of Veterans Affairs indicates that there are 1.1 million Veterans with service-connected disability due to hearing loss. The HRRP will fund innovative research that has the potential to maximize operational effectiveness, medical readiness and quality of life for Service members, Veterans and others living with significant auditory system injuries.

Resources for Investigators:

Congressional Appropriations

Congressional Appropriations

  • $60 million
  • $5 million

Funding Summary


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Reduce the burden of hearing loss on Service Members, Veterans, and the American public


Deliver groundbreaking research and solutions for hearing restoration by advancing the understanding, diagnosis, repair, and regeneration of the auditory system

Last updated Monday, April 1, 2024