Announcing the 2019 RFP: "The joy of hearing: the impact of hearing loss and hearing aids on the affective state of the listener"

The Hearing Industry Research Consortium (IRC) announces its 2019 Request for Proposals (RFP) for research on "The joy of hearing: the impact of hearing loss and hearing aids on the affective state of the listener".

The purpose of this RFP is to stimulate research into the positive affective responses to sound stimuli in hearing-impaired individuals. The goal is to deepen the understanding of the impact of hearing impairment and hearing-loss compensation on the affective state of the listener. In particular, we are interested in the involvement of the two reward systems mentioned above in hearing-impaired individuals, namely, the pleasure of hearing and the motivational aspects of hearing, and their impact on the quality of life of hearing-aid users.

The funding pool for this RFP is 300,000 US Dollars, and the time period for execution of projects under this RFP is 2-3 years from 1st January 2020. Proposals for projects of two years duration are preferred. It is envisaged that one or two project proposals will be funded.

Detailed descriptions of the application procedure, the guidelines for research under this scheme, and the proposed research area can be downloaded and also found on the IRC website. The deadline for submission is August 26, 2019.

Questions can be sent to any of the IRC members listed on the website or using the Contact Form on the website.

The Hearing Industry Research Consortium (IRC) is made up of the heads of research from the top hearing aid manufacturers in the world, which include GN Hearing, Oticon, Sonova, WS Audiology and Starkey Hearing Technologies. The IRC was created to have a non-competitive, mutually agreed upon research agenda benefiting the hearing aid industry, its customers and end users. For more information about the Hearing Industry Research Consortium, visit

Morten Løve Jepsen, 2019-2020 Chair of the IRC

Published on: 06/04/2019