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HEAR-ECO Innovative Hearing Aid Research - Ecological Conditions and Outcome Measures

Objective

In today’s ageing European population, hearing impairment is an increasing concern for public health and societal participation. The percentage of hearing-impaired people will rise from around 16% of the adult EU population now to around 40% in 2030. Hearing aid (HA) fitting is the most widely prescribed solution for hearing impairment. However, only around 30%-40% of adults with hearing impairment use HAs in daily life. One of the reasons for this is that methods used to develop and evaluate HAs are still not based on conditions in which HAs are actually used. Thus the potential of improved HA technology to meet the needs of individual users in their daily lives is acutely under-exploited. The science in HEAR-ECO will help to facilitate the paradigm shift which is needed to bridge the gap. Such a paradigm shift requires a new generation of hearing scientists that are able to integrate conventional Audiology with Motivational and Social psychology (motivation to listen, cognition), Psychophysiology (pupillometry, PEP, EEG), and HA technology. HEAR-ECO will train six ESRs capable of spanning these disciplines and translating their knowledge into innovative technological HA evaluation and development. The six ESRs will be trained through local training at academic partners in The Netherlands and the UK and secondment to one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world in Denmark – and through network wide training, including an associated partner in Liverpool. The ESRs will be capable of developing and combining new tools and outcome measures for realistic everyday communication and translating this to innovative technological HA evaluation and development.

Call for proposal

H2020-MSCA-ITN-2017
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Funding Scheme

MSCA-ITN-EID - European Industrial Doctorates

Coordinator

STICHTING VUMC
Address
De Boelelaan 1117
1081 HV Amsterdam
Netherlands
Activity type
Research Organisations
EU contribution
€ 510 748,56

Participants (2)

OTICON A/S
Denmark
EU contribution
€ 621 548,65
Address
Kongebakken 9
2765 Smorum
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
THE UNIVERSITY OF NOTTINGHAM
United Kingdom
EU contribution
€ 505 190,87
Address
University Park
NG7 2RD Nottingham
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

Partners (1)

LIVERPOOL JOHN MOORES UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
Rodney Street 2 Egerton Court
L3 5UX Liverpool
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments