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Hearing connects! International research network presents itself in a new light

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New possibilities for industry, specialists and consumers to participate.

Oldenburg/Hannover, 8th June 2012. Hearing connects people. Our culture is built on hearing. Yet even so, there are roughly 15 million people with a hearing impairment living in Germany alone. The consequences are severe, not just for the individual but also for society at large. Auditory Valley, the only research and development network of its kind, is involved in developing new solutions for improving hearing.


Two ears are better than one: How do you demonstrate the benefits of having a second hearing aid?

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Oldenburg, 30th May 2012. At the end of May, international leading experts from science and hearing aid development came together in the Oldenburg House of Hearing for the "Audiological Studies for Hearing Systems – Testing Toolbox" workshop. They debated suitable tools for international hearing research during the HurDig project.

The monocle is a thing of the past when it comes to visual impairment, yet often only one hearing aid is worn when hearing is lost – even though all experts and most patients are well aware of the benefits of having a second hearing aid for spatial hearing and speech comprehension. The difficulty lies in providing objective evidence of this for the authorities. The methods used for this purpose are not sensitive enough – especially with people who only suffer from minor hearing impairment.

“Hearing4all – the future of hearing!” Audiology initiative submits final report to the Minister of Science and Culture

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Experts present results – decision on Cluster of Excellence application to be made on 15th June

Oldenburg/Hannover, 23rd May 2012. For the first time, the two leading scientific representatives of Auditory Valley, the only research cluster of its kind in the world, Prof. Dr. Dr. Birger Kollmeier (University of Oldenburg) and Prof. Prof. h.c. Dr. Thomas Lenarz (Hannover Medical School) today presented the results of their joint "Lower Saxony Audiology Initiative" launched in 2006. The Minister of Science and Culture for Lower Saxony, Prof. Dr. Johanna Wanka, accepted the final report at an afternoon session in Hanover. The Minister praised the pioneering efforts of the members of the Lower Saxony research network: "You combine the latest findings from medical hearing aid expertise with findings from hearing research. Over 90 percent of all hearing aids worldwide now contain technology from the Auditory Valley. An excellent result, one of which you can be proud, and which strengthens our reputation as a centre for research."