Throughout the month of May, the House Ear Institute (HEI), Los Angeles, is celebrating Better Hearing Month with online programs to raise awareness for hearing loss and the nonprofit’s mission to alleviate it through hearing science research.

Hearing loss affects more than 33 million Americans, and the incidence of it is on the rise.

The Institute’s initiatives include:

Leave a message of hope on its new HearBook wall: HEI introduces its online HearBook Message wall as a place where people can freely share a message of hope or recognize a loved one who has a hearing loss, or express support for better treatment options. People are encouraged to pass the word along to online friends, and ask them to leave a HearBook message too.

HEI blogs: Launching with information on neurofibromatosis Type II (NF2), the blog provides quick updates about research topics at the Institute and patient care from the House Clinic. The blog is launching with NF2, research, and patient experiences.

Give the gift of hearing, an online giving campaign: The HEI is encouraging people to join their online giving campaign to immediately benefit the institute’s world-renowned hearing science research and education programs. Donations can be made directly from the homepage. People can also donate through HEI’s page on Facebook or its YouTube channel.
Listen to an online concert for hearing: Enjoy an Online Concert for Hearing, featuring an exclusive live performance by The Redding Brothers streaming at on May 15 at 6 pm PST/9 pm EST.
Benefit HEI by shopping your favorite online stores: When shopping online with any of the 550 top name retail stores registered through, the retailers will donate a percentage of the sale back to the HEI. Sign up as a registered user, type in House Ear Institute as the cause, then shop your favorite name brands, such as Amazon, Lands End, Netflix, Staples, and others.

Be an advocate for teen hearing loss prevention: Get involved in HEI’s teen hearing loss prevention activities at

Updates on all of the online activities during the month will be available on HEI’s Web site and on Twitter “@HouseEar” and on Facebook by visiting the “Ear Bud” profile page.

HEI specializes in advancing hearing science through research and education to improve quality of life. HEI scientists investigate the cellular and molecular causes of hearing loss and related auditory disorders and neurological processes pertaining to the human auditory system and the brain. Its researchers explore technology advancements to improve auditory implants, hearing aids, diagnostic techniques, and rehabilitation tools.

[Source: House Ear Institute]