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Assistive Technology Transfer Update


Title: RERCs pool efforts in hearing loss arena
Author: Ernest K Churchwell
Published: 1999
Publication: Assistive Technology Transfer Update: Vol. 1 Issue 2 (Fall)

In September 1999, the Rehabilitation Engineering Research Center (RERC) on Technology Transfer, in partnership with the RERC on Hearing Enhancement and Assistive Technology, began its second demand-pull technology transfer project.

"The RERC on Hearing Enhancement addresses accessibility problems of deaf and hard-of-hearing individuals by developing and evaluating cost-effective technological aids for the various groups of people with hearing loss according to their needs (e.g. people with moderate hearing losses, people with severe or profound hearing losses, young children, older adults and people with both vision and hearing loss). [http://www.hearingresearch.org/]"

The demand-pull project facilitates the transfer of emerging technologies, research and development capabilities, or design expertise from Federal Labs, advanced technology manufacturers, and researchers (referred to as "technology developers") to assistive technology manufacturers (referred to as "technology consumers"). The "Project on Hearing Enhancement and Assistive Technology" will focus on two technology areas: hearing aids and assistive listening devices. The Northeast Region of the Federal Laboratory Consortium is a cosponsor for this project.

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