Game-based test that detects hearing loss in children wins European Innovation Medal


A game-based test that detects hearing loss in children recently received a European Innovation Medal. The test and the technology behind it were developed by Norwegian researchers.

The “I Hear You” project is a collaborative effort involving the Norwegian science institute SINTEF, the Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU) and two local partner organizations in Tanzania. He successfully developed and tested a new method of detecting hearing loss in children using gaming technology. The technology is easy to use and can be made universally available as all you need is a standard tablet and a headset.

The aim of the project has been to develop hearing testing services for local communities so that hearing loss in children can be detected as early as possible.

The project now continues as “I Hear You 2”. Here, the aim is to study the impact of a number of different measures taken to improve the education of children with hearing loss. “I Hear You 2” recently won third place at the 2022 EARTO Innovation Awards in the “Impact Expected” category. EARTO is the European association of research and technology organisations.

Below you can watch a video presentation of the technology:

The projects are and were funded by the programs of the Research Council of Norway Visjon2030 (A New Hearing Care Service in Tanzania, I Hear You, proj. no. NFR 267527) and Norglobal2 (Inclusive Hearing Care for School Children in Tanzania, I Hear You 2, proj. no. NFR 316345).


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