We are supporting the kids of Western Australia to thrive thanks to Telethon. Ear Science Institute Australia is a proud Telethon beneficiary for 2022. We are looking forward to working with Telethon to build better and brighter futures for vulnerable, disadvantaged and sick children across WA.
Ear Science Institute Australia is a West Australian not-for-profit medical research institute. A team of the brightest minds from across the globe collaborate to enhance the lives of those with ear and hearing disorders, discovering and delivering innovative treatments to patients today and developing ground-breaking cures for tomorrow’s generation.
The record-breaking $62.1 million raised for Telethon last year means they can support our organisation and many more children’s charities than ever before. Thanks to the support of Telethon, our scientists can continue developing ground breaking ear and hearing treatments.
Usher syndrome is an incurable genetic deaf-blindness disorder with devastating impacts on quality of life. We are using our novel three-dimensional patient-derived inner ear cell culture system as a platform to screen and test new treatments for children with Usher syndrome.
To address the significant burden of Chronic Suppurative Otitis Media on children, further developing our internationally acclaimed novel scaffold to repair perforated eardrums. The treatment will be advanced by providing the local and sustained delivery of drugs to counter chronic infection and promote healing.
90% of children survive cancer. However, about half permanently lose their hearing due to chemotherapy (Cancer Council; 2021). There is currently no proven prevention or cure. This research will develop a nano-gel injected into the ear before chemotherapy to prevent hearing loss.