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“I think tinnitus research is important because undisturbed silence is still the best music to my ears! Education about tinnitus and protecting hearing are important because too many people are careless with their hearing.”

Johannes Moser


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“As a cellist, I need a healthy ear that I can rely on in my day-to-day work. With this, we all take the music into our souls. Interfering with that would be tantamount to ending my job as a musician. Unfortunately, millions of people have to deal with tinnitus problems every day, which reduce the quality of life enormously. With the right research, prevention and education, which already starts with necessary information about the mindful use of hearing in young people, this widespread disease will be treated and managed in the best possible way in the future, and that is enormously important. That’s why I’m very, very happy to support the German Tinnitus Foundation Charité, because together we are the strongest!”

Harriet Krijgh


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“I think tinnitus research is important because the increased frequency of the condition is significantly impacting quality of life and performance for more and more people. I think education about tinnitus and hearing protection is important because very many people are not aware of the risks such as stress and noise as a cause of tinnitus – this is especially true for young people.”

Georg Kallweit


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“I think tinnitus research is important because intact hearing is invaluable to musicians and their audiences.”

Frank Peter Zimmermann


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“At the Emerson String Quartet, we think great art is an essential part of a fulfilling life. People perceive music, art, theater, dance, literature and film through their senses. It is important to protect our sight and hearing so that we can continue to communicate with others, care for ourselves and our loved ones, and preserve access to humanity’s greatest cultural treasures. We, as musicians, strongly believe in the importance of the aesthetic message that we carry to many parts of the globe and we want the audience to be able to process and understand the thoughts and feelings of those who have become the guiding stars of our civilization.

We have heard that tinnitus is often a first sign of hearing loss. We urge all those who notice this troubling symptom to consult a hearing specialist to learn what may be causing the problem and what can be done to alleviate it. In an increasingly noisy society, where the inner sense of peace and balance is often assaulted by relentless noise and electronic amplification, it is essential to protect the delicate mechanisms through which we participate in the world of sound.”

Emerson String Quartet
String Quartet Ensemble


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“I think education about tinnitus and hearing protection is important because I can tell you from personal experience how awful it is when you can’t hear the appropriate sounds to what you’re seeing…. For us musicians especially terrible, but yet for every person, because you get the feeling of going crazy: The tinnitus accompanies and disturbs us not only in our social life, but, and this is even more intimate and much worse, when we are alone and want to have peace. Advances in tinnitus research can help many of us get rid of it, or at least live better with it.”

Emmanuel Pahud


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“Fortunately, I’ve never been affected myself, but tinnitus is unfortunately a big musician issue. That’s why I think tinnitus research is important. I would rather hear flute notes than a whistling sound in my ear, be able to decide for myself what is ‘in my ear’.”

Dorothee Oberlinger
Recorder player


The 12 Cellists – world-renowned cello group of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra – , have supported the foundation since the beginning. On 25.9.2011 they gave a benefit concert together with three other ensembles of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra. Martin Menking is a member of the foundation’s board of directors: “Hearing is probably the most important asset of any musician. This is trained and nurtured throughout our lives, and perhaps because of this, we in particular are sensitive to any kind of change and restriction. It is therefore natural that we support the work of the German Foundation Tinnitus and Hearing Charité.”

The 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra


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“All those who have not yet been affected by tinnitus can consider themselves lucky, because you have no idea how horrible this condition is. I myself was affected and it was 50/50 whether a cure would occur or not. I am well again. To my knowledge, the cause and therapy have not yet been clarified. And: It can affect anyone. That’s why I’m a clear supporter of the German Foundation Tinnitus and Hearing Charité and ask for support from the bottom of my heart.”

David Canisius
Solo violinist and artistic director of the Capital Dance Orchestra


Photo © Harald Hoffmann

“I think education about tinnitus and protecting hearing is important because not only as musicians do we all need healthy hearing! This is what every person deserves! Please help research make this possible.”

Daniel Hope