Advance Research to Prevent and Treat Hearing and Balance Disorders

More than 40 million people in the U.S. alone are facing hearing loss and balance problems, which can seriously impact their jobs, their families and their quality of life.

At the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center, researchers from many fields are working to solve these medically complex challenges and reduce the burden of hearing and balance disorders.

Will you join us in advancing the most promising research to prevent and treat hearing and balance disorders?

Yes! I want to fast-track research to prevent and treat hearing and balance disorders.

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Your Impact

Through your caring support of the Bloedel Center, you can help us:

Accelerate leading-edge research
Federal funding is often only available for low-risk, incremental research. Your support advances the most promising research and helps us develop groundbreaking new treatment approaches for adults and children.

Train the next generation
Your gift helps the Center launch the early careers of investigators and provides them with much-needed support for their work.

Fast-track a cure for hearing loss
Hair cell regeneration and therapeutic drug delivery research shows significant promise in hearing restoration. With your gift, you join a community of generous supporters who are moving this important work forward.

Partner with a Leader
in Hearing and Balance Disorders

The Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center is a global leader for multidisciplinary hearing and balance disorder research.


Since our foundation in 1982, the Center has played a significant role in developing effective treatments for people who have hearing and balance impairment. Our scientists are on the forefront of auditory research and have made important progress on addressing age-related hearing loss, optimizing outcomes for deaf children and advancing hair-cell regeneration to restore hearing and balance.


Solving the complex challenge of hearing and balance disorders requires the collaboration of leading scientists in many fields. The Center brings together faculty from the UW School of Medicine, the College of Arts and Sciences, the College of Engineering and the Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences to share their expertise through interdisciplinary research.


Through clinical trials, patients have access to the most advanced treatments and therapies that aren’t available elsewhere. As an integrated clinical, research and learning health system, we offer hope and options to patients seeking answers.


Access to state-of-the-art facilities and world-renowned researchers prepares students, residents and fellows to become academic researchers and clinician-scientists who are dedicated to solving hearing and balance problems.


Close up of a person holding a model of the ear canal

Evidence of regeneration of vestibular hair cells
Research presents the first example of a genetic change in adult inner ears.

Person's hand holding a paper cut out of a person's profile, against a blurry background of people walking on a city street. Pieces of the paper fragmenting into the air.

Roundup of 3 recent studies on dementia risk
Researchers examine links to cognitive decline of hearing loss, military service and timeliness of diagnosis.

Confocal microscope image of the cochlea of a mature mouse. The receptor cells (green) spiral down the twisting cochlea. Nerve fibers are shown in red. Other elements are nuclei of supporting cells.

FDA OK’s UW-created therapy to protect hearing
The first clinical trial of a new drug designed to protect humans’ hearing involves a compound developed at the University of Washington. Researchers hope their novel drug will safeguard patients from the hearing-damaging side effects of powerful antibiotics.

Join Us

With your generosity, we can advance the most promising research to prevent and effectively treat hearing and balance disorders.

Will you help us improve the lives of millions of people with hearing and balance disorders?

You Can Also Partner with us
in These Critical Areas:

Hearing Center Research Fund

This fund supports current operations and research at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center in the Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery. The center houses labs, offices, and shared research suites, facilitating innovative research collaborations by providing a place for researchers to work together, share ideas, and discuss their latest findings.

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Hearing Regeneration Initiative Fund

This fund supports research and training at the Virginia Merrill Bloedel Hearing Research Center in the Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery.

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