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Request for proposals for Hearing Industry Research Consortium 2016: Auditory Ecology

Dear colleagues


The Hearing Industry Research Consortium just announced the 2016 Request for Proposals. The deadline for proposals is August 21, 2016, and decisions will be announced by December 31, 2016.


Since 2012 the hearing industry’s largest manufacturers have collaborated to sponsor a non-competitive, mutually agreed upon research agenda benefitting the hearing aid industry, its customers, and end users. The framework for this collaboration is the Hearing Industry Research Consortium (IRC).


The focus of this RFP is Auditory Ecology, a concept introduced by Gatehouse (1999) to describe the relationship between the acoustic environments experienced in everyday life and the perceptual demands of different individuals in these environments. Gatehouse found that individuals with more diverse auditory lifestyles had a stronger preference for more sophisticated signal processing strategies. Research that seeks to develop tools for characterizing auditory lifestyles and relates these to the effects of signal processing would be of benefit to the hearing-aid industry.


The Hearing Industry Research Consortium members are:

Andrew Dittberner, GN

Sridhar Kalluri, Starkey

Ole Fogh Olsen, Oticon

Joel Beilin, Sivantos

Morten Jepsen, WIDEX

Stefan Launer, Phonak


Read the RFP document and find the grant application form at the http://www.hearingirc.com/ website.


On behalf of the Hearing IRC members

Niels, alternate member Oticon