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Millions of people suffer from tinnitus. Driven by the conviction that tinnitus and hearing disorders must be treated in the best possible way and that at the same time every individual can do a great deal to protect themselves, the German Tinnitus and Hearing Foundation Charité (until 2019: German Tinnitus Foundation Charité) was founded in 2011.

The Foundation Tinnitus and Hearing Charité sets itself the following tasks:

  • Research promotion
  • international networking and science communication
  • Prevention and education


Through our research projects we improve our understanding of the development of tinnitus and other hearing impairments, gain insights into the relationships with concomitant diseases, examine the medical evidence of existing treatment methods, and promote the development of new therapeutic approaches.

Since 2019, we have been recognizing outstanding work by young scientists with the Research Award Tinnitus & Hearing.

Scientific events, such as our congresses and symposia enable tinnitus experts to exchange information about the latest research results and treatment options. For its part, the foundation makes the results of the clinical studies presented available to the public and in this way provides educational work.

The European Tinnitus Network EUTINNET was established in 2019 under the umbrella of the Foundation to better connect self-help organizations from Europe and build bridges between science and practice.

With our Awareness campaign “I hear something you don’t”. and many other prevention projects we would also like to sensitize the general public to the topic of hearing health and inform children and young people, working adults and older people alike about the development of tinnitus and permanent hearing disorders so that they can protect themselves against it in good time.

Key areas of work

Our statutes
On August 4, 2011, the Charité Tinnitus and Hearing Foundation was recognized as a non-profit foundation under civil law by the Senate Administration for Justice of the State of Berlin under the name Deutsche Tinnitus-Stiftung Charité (AZ: 3416/992/2). The non-profit status was reconfirmed by the Tax Office for Corporations I in Berlin on March 10, 2017.

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The current statutes of the Charité Tinnitus and Hearing Foundation can be downloaded here in German.

Deutsche Stiftung Tinnitus & Hören Charité – Satzung
Organisational structure

The German Foundation Tinnitus and Hearing Charité was established at the Tinnitus Center of the Charité. Tinnitus patients have been treated there since 2001. In addition, internationally recognized research work is carried out there.

Structure and quality
The Foundation is governed by itsExecutive Boardand controlled by theFoundation Council. The Chairman of the Foundation Council is Prof. Tauber, Senior Professor of the Institute of Laboratory Medicine, Clinical Chemistry and Pathobiochemistry at Charité – Universitätsmedizin Berlin. Prof. Dr. Birgit Mazurek, Director of the Tinnitus Center Charité, has been appointed Chairwoman of the Executive Board.

The Advisory Board was appointed for the first time in 2016. According to § 11 of the foundation’s statutes, it is the task of this committee to accompany the foundation in an impulsive way and to stand up for its concerns in public. The Advisory Board has so far included six personalities from business, science, politics and culture. Prof. Dr. med. Detlev Ganten was elected as Chairman, and Dr. jur. Christina Stresemann.

The Scientific Advisory Board chaired by Prof. Dr. Christian Dobel, Dipl. Psych. decides on the funding of research projects.

The foundation capital of 75,000 euros was raised by five founding donors: Berliner Volksbank eG, restructuring partner RSP GmbH & Co. KG, IDEAL Lebensversicherung a.G., Dr. Lutz Mackebrandt and Heinz H. Meermann.

The long-term expansion of the Foundation is ensured by the annual contributions paid by the members of the promotion circle.

The foundation is looking for patrons. She asks for Endowments and for donations. It also offers various sponsorship partnerships. Because research, education and prevention can only be successful if society is involved: Parents and schools, companies, organizations and private individuals, the medical profession, the media and parliaments.