Announcing the Global Launch of Canadian Hearing Services Global Research and Innovation Partnerships

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Toronto, 01 Feb. 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) —

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It is with great pleasure and pride that we announce the launch of Canadian Hearing Services Global Research and Innovation Partnerships (“CHS Global Partnerships for R&I”), a not-for-profit organization whose sole purpose is to advance evidence-based scientific studies focused exclusively on advancing research and knowledge that will directly improve the quality of life for deaf and hard of hearing people. around the world through its funding programs.

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Hearing health is a fundamental challenge, exacerbated by aging populations around the world. According to the World Health Organization’s World Hearing Report 2021, by 2050 an estimated 2.5 billion people worldwide will be living with some degree of hearing loss, of whom at least 700 million will require hearing aids. rehabilitation services.

Among the actions suggested to address this challenge, the World Health Organization noted that “relevant and impact-oriented research that supports the implementation of integrated ear and hearing care services and centered on the person throughout life” will be necessary.

In line with the international need for more research and evidence, CHS Global Partnerships for R&I is committed to fulfilling its mission to act as a catalyst by generating the expertise and resources that create positive and lasting impact in the advancement of hearing health.

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“CHS Global Partnerships for R&I’s commitment is to build an organization that connects cutting-edge research with innovators who can transform knowledge into tangible products and services,” said Timothy Andradé, Chairman of the Board of CHS Global Partnerships. for R&I. “This will be accomplished by networking and facilitating partnerships between researchers, academic institutions, governments, NGOs and incubators around the world who will bring together the resources, expertise, commitment and passion to create a impactful change and advancing the quality of life for people around the world.

“CHS Global Partnerships for R&I is well positioned to be an internationally recognized and forward-thinking leader in the proactive development of research networks and researchers committed and aligned to the advancement of hearing health and its social determinants,” said Julia Dumanian, President and CEO of Canadian Hearing Services. “With more than eight decades of experience supporting the needs of Deaf and hard of hearing communities in Canada, the CHS is well positioned to play an instrumental role in bringing together strengths and innovators in hearing health, not only from across in Canada, but around the world. .”

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In its first phase, CHS Global Partnerships for R&I will focus on advancing research in the following four priority areas:

Hearing health – prevention, identification, assessment, treatment and (re)adaptation of hearing and balance difficulties
Hearing science – research activities in the fields of acoustics, neurosciences and psychology concerning the perception of sound
Deaf studies – research activities in the fields of sociology, language and inclusiveness of deaf people
Quality of life – research related to the impacts of being deaf or hard of hearing on an individual’s ability to participate in and enjoy life activities

CHS Global Partnerships for R&I will invite initial submissions for the two-year research grants in April 2022 and announce award winners in December 2022.

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For more information on CHS Global Partnerships for R&I, please visit www.chsglobalpartnerships.com .

About Canadian Hearing Services

Since 1940, Canadian Hearing Services has been an industry leader in providing professional services, products and education that enable people who are deaf and hard of hearing to overcome barriers to participation. Canadian Hearing Services is the largest and only organization of its kind to be accredited with Exemplary Mention by Accreditation Canada. For more information about Canadian Hearing Services, visit CHS.ca or call 1-866-518-0000.

Canadian Hearing Services 416-388-3530 [email protected] 

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