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Hearing Contacts SIGNED

Contact Lenses for the Ear - Invisibly providing natural hearing experience for Europe's 52 million hearing-impaired people

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Project "Hearing Contacts" data sheet

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 Coordinator Country Germany [DE]
 Total cost 2˙687˙534 €
 EC max contribution 1˙881˙273 € (70%)
 Programme 1. H2020-EU.3. (PRIORITY 'Societal challenges)
2. H2020-EU.2.3. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Innovation In SMEs)
3. H2020-EU.2.1. (INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies)
 Code Call H2020-SMEInst-2018-2020-2
 Funding Scheme SME-2
 Starting year 2019
 Duration (year-month-day) from 2019-03-01   to  2021-02-28


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# participants  country  role  EC contrib. [€] 
1    VIBROSONIC GMBH DE (MANNHEIM) coordinator 1˙881˙273.00


 Project objective

Vibrosonic is a young high-tech company in medical industry, based in Mannheim (Germany), with currently 11 employees. Our vision is to improve the life quality of 52mn. Europeans who self-reported to experience hearing loss. More than 45 million of them refuse to make use of hearing aids and remain untreated despite the physical, mental and social consequences. Main reason for this is the visibility of hearing aid devices and the perceived social stigmatisation. And even the vast majority of those wearing hearing aids are unsatisfied with current state-of-the-art technology. They lament that they are not able to hear naturally. This means, that they have difficulties in locating the origin of noises (as they hear noises only through the integrated speakers of current hearing aids which is particularly dangerous in traffic), identifying voices in groups of people or hearing sound distortedly. In addition, wearing comfort is low: hearing aids have to be removed regularly for charging, cleaning or while showering or sleeping, and they often cause ear pressure, itching, pressure marks and sore points. Therefore, we invented and developed the world’s first contact lens for the ear based on microsystem technology and the piezoelectric principle – the Vibrosonic Hearing Contacts. In contrast to all other hearing aids, our system is so small that it can be directly placed on the eardrum instead of outside the ear. And in contrast to all other hearing aids, our system does not use speakers to transport sound via the air column in the ear canal: the Hearing Contacts stimulate the eardrum directly by bending and contracting under the influence of electric impulses. This enables the hearing-impaired person to hear naturally like not impaired persons. The system targets at Europe’s huge EUR 104bn. market of people with minor and modest hearing loss who are either unsatisfied with current state of the art or make not use of current hearing aids due to the shortcomings described.

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