Tubby mice exhibit hearing impairment due to the loss of stereocilin from the tip regions that connect the tallest stereocilia of the outer hair cells (OHCs) to the tectorial membrane. Stereocilin is an essential stereociliary protein in the OHCs, the mutation of which in humans causes autosomal recessive non-syndromic deafness. Map1a is a modifier of tubby hearing (moth1), and its wild-type allele, rather than the moth1 allele from the C57BL/6 J strain, restores stereocilin localization to the stereocilia and rescues the hearing impairment of tubby mice. The mechanism by which MAP1A accomplishes this is unclear, partly due to ambiguity regarding whether the tubby mutation is a true null. We therefore generated Tub-null (Tub−/−) mice by deleting exon 3 and found that they exhibit hearing impairment like that of tubby mice, suggesting the tubby mutation is a loss-of-function mutation with regard to hearing. When we crossed Tub−/− mice with AKR mice that have wild-type Map1a alleles, we found that wild-type MAP1A restores stereocilin localization to the tips of stereocilia and rescues hearing impairment. These data suggest MAP1A does not require interaction with tubby protein in maintaining stereocilin at the tips of stereocilia and that OHCs use two independent molecules—MAP1A and tubby—to doubly ensure proper stereocilin localization.