The $20 million gift from an anonymous donor is the largest in the hospital’s history and the second largest gift in the history of the U.S. towards hearing research. Massachusetts Eye and Ear announced that the money will be put towards the hospital’s Eaton-Peabody Laboratories and towards hiring new researchers to replace retiring employees. Researchers at the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories have discovered “hidden hearing loss,” a previously unknown type of hearing impairment, and restored hearing in mammals using stem cells. The new funding will go towards these and other research initiatives at the Eaton-Peabody Laboratories.
“We are going to be focusing on bringing in new researchers and supporting our core labs to research things such as tinnitus and hearing loss,” said Dr. Bradley Welling, Massachusetts Eye and Ear’s Chief of Otolaryngology. “We’ve got an aging population. More of the baby boomers are hitting the age where some form of hearing loss starts. Our research is going to be more important than ever.”
The New England Council congratulates Massachusetts Eye and Ear on this substantial gift and thanks the hospital for its important work on hearing loss and impairment. Read more in The Boston Globe and Boston Business Journal.