EPSRC has funded £3.2m to develop multimodal hearing aids that autonomously adjust to their environment

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EPSRC has funded £3.2m in a project to develop multimodal hearing aids that autonomously adjust to their environment.

Led by Edinburgh Napier University and co-led by Wolverhampton University, the funded four-year Cognitively-Inspired 5G-IoT Enabled Multimodal Hearing Aids (COG-MHEAR) programme is building the world’s first multimodal hearing aids, which are designed to adapt to their surroundings; thus, resulting in better clarity and possibly reduced listening effort.

“EPSRC has funded £3.2m to develop multimodal hearing aids that autonomously adjust to their environment. “

The programme’s Research and Innovation deputy director from Wolverhampton University, Dr Ahsan Adeel, stated: “Our vision 2050 is to go beyond 5G-IoT and internet, for internet-independent brain-like on-chip processing to further address hearing aid’s size, power budget, communication and cybersecurity issues. This EPSRC programme will provide the UK with a timely opportunity to improve hearing aid uptake, reduce NHS cost and gain a leading position in the future multimodal hearing aid industry. The visionary research represents a step-change in how healthcare will be delivered in future.”

Dean of the Faculty of Science and Engineering, Professor Amar Aggoun, stated: “It is fantastic to be co-leading this programme into creating the next generation of hearing aids. The Faculty of Science and Engineering at Wolverhampton University is going from strength to strength with new facilities being invested in and research projects that make a truly positive impact, like this one will have, being undertaken by our researchers.”

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