International Priorities in Hearing – Survey

1 August 2022

Calling researchers in Hearing 

We are looking for opinions from researchers in hearing and define hearing research in the broadest sense: from discovery science to technology to health, in academia, industry, and clinic, and include such diverse areas as psychoacoustics, neuroscience, speech science and engineering. Specifically, we ask your help to develop a set of international priorities for hearing research.


Our aim is to generate a journal article outlining broad priorities for hearing research, as specified and rated by you, the experts in the field. The article will provide evidence which can be referred to in papers, grant applications, and in the political arena, and raise the profile of hearing research in general. It will, we hope, help to influence national strategic funding decisions (e.g. NIH, UKRI, ERC for example) by determining topics for focused funding calls.


We are members of the Special Interest Group in Hearing (Hearing Acoustics SIG) within the UK Acoustics Network ( UKAN has recently generated UK-focused “Priorities for Acoustics” (to which some UK researchers have already contributed). We believe there is tremendous value in producing a set of international priorities specific to hearing that represents international opinion.

The Ask:

  • Please consider completing the attached survey, which will ask about the main priorities and challenges in hearing research as you see them. Answers can be as long or as short as you wish.
  • More information, and the survey itself can be found here:

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  • The survey can be completed by anyone involved in hearing research in its broadest sense. This is the first of a two-phase process:
    • In this first phase, we are particularly interested in opinions from people who have been active hearing researchers for at least 5 years post PhD, though all are welcome.
    • Later in the year a second, priority-setting phase will invite all researchers to rank-order topics from this first round.


If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Antje Heinrich (, Rob MacKinnon (, Chris Sumner (

Members of the UKAN Hearing SIG Committee

Posted on 17th March 2022 in Events, Hearing