Hello, blogging friends!
I am taking another short pause from my story to share something with you all that I am so happy about.
A few months ago I was contacted by the UK charity Action On Hearing Loss. They wanted to know if I would be happy for them to use my sudden hearing loss story as part of a fundraising campaign. Of course, I say ‘yes’! I spoke to them about my experiences and they asked me lots of questions about how I had lost my hearing and how this has changed my life. During the last few months, they have been writing a letter about me and my experiences, and also outlining the type of research the money raised will fund.
The aim of the project is to develop a new way of getting drugs into the inner ear more effectively than the current method of injection through the eardrum. With the injection, very little of the drug gets through, and the treatment is rarely successful. This is because the inner ear is very difficult to reach. The project is developing a ‘magnetic injection’, whereby tiny iron particles can be used as carriers to deliver drugs to where they are needed. The team has developed a system which uses a magnetic field to ‘inject’ drug-carrying particles across inner ear membranes and into parts of the ear that are not normally accessible.
This could enable effective treatment of people with sudden hearing loss, as well as other types of hearing loss, tinnitus and vertigo.
Today the letters for the research appeal are being mailed to the charities supporters!
Here is a link to the webpage for online donations for you to take a look at:
UPDATED: Link now expired due to end of the campaign. You can view information about the campaign in the newsletter below:
I am so happy that I have been able to get involved with something that means so much to me. I really hope that enough money will be raised, and hopefully one day treatment will be available for people who experience sudden hearing loss 🙂