Two UK charities have merged

Action on Hearing Loss and Deafness Research UK confirmed in April that the two charities have merged. Both charities are known for their work in biomedical research, with Action on Hearing Loss currently funding UK and international work into treatments and cures for hearing loss and tinnitus, and Deafness Research UK focusing on UK research. The charities believe the merger will raise the profile of biomedical research, which will in turn boost funding for further programmes. Biomedical research into hearing loss and tinnitus is currently significantly underfunded when compared with other medical conditions. Chief Executive for Action on Hearing Loss, Paul Breckell said: “Both charities believe that a merger is the most positive way forward for the future of biomedical research into hearing loss and tinnitus. For most of the 10 million people in the UK with hearing loss, and the six million people who suffer with tinnitus, effective treatments and cures cannot come soon enough.” Deafness Research UK’s staff will transfer to Action on Hearing Loss in line with TUPE regulations, with its chief executive, Vivienne Michael remaining in post until 30 June 2013 to oversee the transition. The name Deafness Research UK will be phased out with all future work to be carried out under the Action on Hearing Loss name.

Source: Action on Hearing Loss

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