Sergeant Mike Deleza bravely served in our military. One fateful night his unit was attacked, and when the battle was over, he couldn’t hear anything but ringing for the next two weeks. When he returned from his tour of duty, it was with a permanent hearing disability.
Stories like these aren’t uncommon for soldiers. In fact, since 2006 hearing disabilities like tinnitus and hearing loss have become the most prevalent of all disabilities among veterans returning from tours of duty. If you are a veteran or an active member of the Armed Forces, you’re likely part of the one million of those that suffer from hearing conditions like tinnitus or noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL). These conditions are more prevalent in the military than any other sector or population.
The Hough Ear Institute was founded by Dr. Jack Hough (Captain, USN, Ret.) with the goal of restoring hearing worldwide. People just like you, Dr. Hough, and Sgt. Deleza have served this great country with heroic sacrifice. And we are hard at work to give back to veterans, service members, and those who will someday be on the front lines of freedom.
We’ve been researching a hearing loss pill with soldiers and veterans in mind. This pill can protect and restore hearing according to our progress in laboratory testing. When Sgt. Deleza heard the pill had completed FDA Phase 1 testing, his excitement was real. “If this was around when I was in combat, I would take it every day.”
As veterans truly understand, hearing loss has a profound impact on relationships. Not only are they often haunted with the trauma of re-entering into civilian life, but the inability to connect fully and communicate with their loved ones can contribute to other issues like post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Sergeant Deleza put it simply:
“You don’t realize how important your hearing is until it’s gone.”
So today, as we honor those who have served in our place, we want to give you the opportunity to partner with the future of hearing restoration. You can play a vital role in honoring the service of our service members by giving them hope. Your generous gift today will continue to advance the research of this treatment, and others like it, through the rigors of the FDA clinical trials. Please send your gift now and consider joining our monthly giving program to make an even bigger impact on the lives of people like Sgt. Mike Deleza. Through research, teaching, and humanitarian efforts, we are restoring hearing – one child, one civilian, one service member at a time.
Gifts from new donors or those who have not given in the past two years will be matched dollar for dollar, up to $300,000 thanks to the Jasco Giving Hope Foundation.