Research Thread III:
Auditory precision medicine: research-based novel intervention methods


Need for precise individualized treatment

The challenge

Hearing support for patients with moderate to profound hearing loss is still inadequate in restoring “normal” hearing. This is due to limitations in the individualized diagnostic and fitting procedures, inadequacies in the functional capabilities of conventional and implantable hearing devices to address the underlying pathophysiology, and limited human-machine interfaces to steer the device according to the individual’s needs.

Our approach

The precision of the auditory diagnostic procedure for patients with hearing loss will be substantially advanced. This will allow for an innovative, precisely individualized rehabilitative treatment, also involving newly developed therapeutic measures.

Prevention, diagnosis and treatment of hearing loss with respect to the wide variety of the different causes will require the development of novel approaches for extensive and in-depth diagnosis and targeted novel therapy options for precision treatment that supplement the technological and clinical interventions achieved in the first funding period.

Our goal

  • to determine the patient-specific, functional hearing deficit and to provide innovative therapies for individualized treatment as well as prevention strategies in a highly optimised way.
  • to develop diagnostic methods to yield the most relevant information and provide unprecedented precision in selecting the best treatment options, the most accurate prognosis and predicting a valid outcome for each individual patient.


Research Thread Leaders

Prof. Prof. h.c. Dr. Thomas Lenarz

Deputy Coordinator; Hannover/MHH: ORL Contact
Klinik für HNO-Heilkunde
Medizinische Hochschule Hannover
Carl-Neuberg-Str. 1
30625 Hannover
+49 511 532-6565
+49 511 532-5558

Prof. Dr. Dr. Birger Kollmeier

Coordinator; Oldenburg/UOL: Medical Physics Contact
Medizinische Physik
Carl-von-Ossietzky-Universität Oldenburg
D-26111 Oldenburg
+49 441 798 5470 (Sekretariat)
+49 441 798 3902

Prof. Dr. Peter Behrens

Hannover/LUH: Inorganic Chemistry Contact
Institut für Anorganische Chemie
Callinstraße 9
30167 Hannover
+49 (0)511 762-3697