Releases | Industry | Worldwide Hearing Industry Research Consortium Announced Worldwide Hearing Industry Research Consortium Announced August 12, 2012 Print $300,000 Grant to be Awarded to Winning Proposal on Interaction of Cognition and Hearing Aids. Minneapolis, August 8, 2012 - The hearing industry's largest manufacturers have collaborated to create the Hearing Industry Research Consortium (IRC) to develop and direct a non-competitive, mutually agreed upon research agenda benefitting the hearing aid industry, its customers and end users. As its first act, the IRC is requesting proposals for a research project on the interaction of cognition and hearing aids. The $300,000 grant was announced at the International Hearing Aid Research Conference in Lake Tahoe, Calif., and is open to research labs around the world. The IRC board is comprised of the heads of research from the top hearing aid manufacturers in the world including GN ReSound's Andrew Dittberner;Oticon's Graham Naylor;Phonak's Stefan Launer;Siemens' Joel Beilin;Starkey Hearing Technologies' Brent Edwards;and Widex' Lars Sunesen. Applications are available on the IRC web site at www.hearingirc.com. The deadline for proposals is November 1, 2012, and decisions will be announced by December 31, 2012.About the Hearing Industry Research ConsortiumThe Hearing Industry Research Consortium (IRC) is made up of the heads of research from the top hearing aid manufactures in the world, which include GN ReSound, Oticon, Phonak, Siemens, Starkey Hearing Technologies and Widex. The IRC was created to have a non-competitive, mutually agreed upon research agenda benefitting the hearing aid industry, its customers and end users. For more information about the Hearing Industry Research Consortium, visit www.hearingirc.com.