The Auditory Valley as an umbrella for hearing research
The globally unique research and development network “Auditory Valley” has been bringing together experts on the topic of hearing since 2008. More than 400 scientists from basic and applied research are involved in Auditory Valley, which includes two collaborative research centres, an international research training group, a BMBF competence centre and several research institutions. The Auditory Valley aims at a transfer of know-how between research and industry and regularly brings together key players in the consumer sector, hearing aid manufacturers and cochlear implant manufacturers with the scientists.
This well-developed infrastructure particularly promotes the rapid, goal-oriented and holistic development of innovations in the field of hearing.
In 2012, a team from Auditory Valley won the German Future Prize. The scientists had succeeded in transferring the decisive advantages of binaural hearing to hearing system technology – and thus significantly improving the technology of hearing systems. This development led to a rethink in the world of hearing systems.
The combination of audio system, hearing aid and cochlear implant technology offers a unique opportunity to improve the quality of life of a large number of people in the long term.