Worldwide Hearing Industry Research Consortium Announced


It was announced in Minneapolis on the 8th of August that the hearing industry’s largest manufacturers have collaborated to create the Hearing Industry Research Consortium or  (IRC). The goal is to develop and direct a non-competitive, mutually agreed upon research agenda benefitting the hearing aid industry, its customers and end users.

The story was carried on Market Watch where it was reported:

The IRC board is comprised of the heads of research from the top hearing aid manufacturers in the world including GN ReSound’s Andrew Dittberner; Oticon’s Graham Naylor; Phonak’s Stefan Launer; Siemens’ Joel Beilin; Starkey Hearing Technologies’ Brent Edwards;and Widex’ Lars Sunesen.

The IRC, as it’s first action is requesting proposals for a research project on the interaction of cognition and hearing aids. The grant of $300,000 was announced at the International Hearing Aid Research Conference in Lake Tahoe, California and is open to research labs around the world.

You can get more information about the Hearing Industry Research Consortium at .



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Geoffrey Cooling is an Irish hearing care blogger and the author of The Little Book of Hearing Aids and Audiology Marketing in a Digital World. He has been involved in the Hearing Healthcare Profession since 2007 when he qualified as a hearing aid audiologist. He has worked in private practice and for a major hearing aid manufacturer. He has become recognised as an authority within the field of hearing care and hearing aids.

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