The Carl von Ossietzky University of Oldenburg (UOL) and the Hannover Medical School (MHH) are among the leading international research sites in audiology and hearing research.

There is a long record of cooperative research that successfully combines the complementary research goals of the two partners: MHH focusses on patient-oriented research with emphasis on patients with a moderate, severe or complete hearing loss, which is generally treated with cochlear, brainstem, and midbrain implants or with implantable hearing aids. UOL, on the other hand, puts the focus on technical hearing systems for patients with a mild or moderate hearing loss that is usually treated with conventional hearing aids. The joint “Audiology Initiative Lower Saxony” has shown that the two partners can effectively unlock synergies from combinbing their respective approaches. The success is also reflected in the foundation of the umbrella organisation “Centre of Hearing Research”, which connects the universities and in the framework of the cluster of excellence is being transformed into a “Centre of Excellence of Hearing Research”.

The network  ‘Auditory Valley’

The cluster is incorporated into the regional network called ‘Auditory Valley’  which includes (in addition to the university and non-university research institutions participating in Hearing4all) public institutions and companies involved in the field of hearing and its applications that are located in the north-west of Germany. It has been recognized as one of Germany’s best combined public/private partnership clusters. The ‘Auditory Valley’ covers the entire innovation chain from fundamental research and development of therapy and diagnostics in the field of audition up to the manufacturing, testing and marketing of medical products within the fields of hearing systems and audio technology.