The aim of the research area is „hearing for all“ which is pursued by the successful establishment and further development of the Cluster of Excellence "Hearing4all” within the framework of the cross-institutional “Centre of Excellence for Hearing Research”. With improved individual hearing diagnostics and an optimized provision of personalized hearing support the scientists strive to greatly improve the communication situation of affected people – be it at work, in traffic or at home. By model-based research on diagnostics and auditory profiles of normal-hearing and hearing-impaired people, they seek to reach a better understanding of the individual sensory function of hearing. Furthermore, they use the models to improve the fitting of hearing devices and to optimally adjust them to the respective situation.
The Centre for Hearing Research which was established in 2008 at Oldenburg University (UOL) and Hannover Medical School (MHH) will - in cooperation with the Leibniz Universität Hannover - be transformed into a sustainable cross-university structure which will support the Cluster of Excellence “Hearing4all”. In the area of basic research, a multitude of successful, competitively funded projects (e.g. EU, DFG, BMBF, VW-Stiftung) are currently performed, among them the collaborative research centre "The Active Auditory System", the research unit "Individualized Hearing Acoustics" and the PhD programme “Signals and Cognition”. These structures will be supplemented with a new to-be-established collaborative research centre and one or more research units and graduate schools.
For the translation of research results into practical applications, the aforementioned structures are closely connected with the research network “Auditory Valley” which includes different non-academic research institutions and local companies. The main partners of the Carl von Ossietzky University Oldenburg are the HörTech gGmbH, the Hörzentrum Oldenburg and the Fraunhofer IDMT project group „Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology“ which will be expanded into an independent institution.