Deafness Research UK Wins Coveted Awards

The national charity Deafness Research UK has won two prestigious awards for its innovative Bionic Ear Show.

The charity received the coveted awards by the renowned Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) at the Science Communication Awards, helps in London.

The AMRC Science Communication Award recognises the vital role played by medical research charities in encouraging public understanding and engagement with science.

It recognises the very best science communication practises among its 100 plus charity members- and Deafness Research UK came out on top.

Its’ Bionic Ear Show, which took first place in the ‘Patient Involvement and Public Engagement’ category, was described by judges as “absolutely brilliant- a museum on wheels.”

But the top score was winning the special ‘Excellence from a Smaller Charity’ award- only given to exceptional entries.

Vivienne Michael, Chief Executive of Deafness Research UK, said: “Everyone at Deafness Research UK is proud and delighted to have seen our efforts and our Bionic Ear Show recognised at the AMRC Awards.

“We have been runners up before, so to win this year is an amazing achievement and a testament to all the hard work our staff put into the Bionic Ear Show. To win for ‘Excellence from a smaller charity’ too was an especially proud moment for us all.”

Sponsored by BUPA and the Big Lottery Fund, the Bionic Ear Show is visiting schools, colleges and events and aims to demonstrate how important and delicate people’s hearing is and to remind them of the risks they face to their hearing from loud music.

As part of the fun features they have “the world’s largest ear” to get across the serious underlying message about hearing loss.

The Association of Medical Research Charities (AMRC) is a membership organisation of the leading medical and health research charities in the UK.

Damaged hearing can lead to one having to wear a hearing device; be it a siemens hearing aid or a unitron passport.

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