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Research group/lab  |  epidemiology, early identification and rehabilitation

Hearing loss

Our research group is part of the department audiology and otorhinolaryngology. It combines clinical research, focused on advanced hearing-aid and cochlear implant techniques, with epidemiological research embedded in the Erasmus MC core facilities Generation R and the Rotterdam Study.

About our research group/lab

Our research

Why was our group formed?

Hearing loss is highly prevalent and has a large impact on development in children and psychosocial functioning in the general population. Pathology of hearing loss is heterogeneous and the exact role of possible (preventable) risk factors such as noise exposition and general health/ life style factors is still unclear. More research is needed to identify causes of hearing loss and to identify preventable risk factors. As hearing loss cannot be fully prevented in most cases, the development of advanced technical solutions is needed to reduce the impact of hearing loss on daily life functioning. Therefore, we cooperate with hearing-aid and cochlear-implant companies to evaluate new signal-processing techniques in our clinical population.

Our aim.

Early detection of hearing loss. Identification of determinants and risk factors for hearing loss. Revealing the impact of hearing loss on general health and ageing. Reducing the impact of hearing loss by optimizing auditory functioning using advanced techniques in hearing aids and cochlear implants

Our focus.

Epidemiology of hearing loss in children and adults. Optimizing rehabilitation of hearing loss using advanced hearing-aid and cochlear-implant techniques.

Our projects

  • Epidemiology of hearing loss in older adults (the Rotterdam Study).
  • Epidemiology of hearing loss in children and teen agers (Generation R).
  • Optimal auditory functioning in complex listening situations using cochlear Implantation and hearing aids.
  • Early identification of hearing loss in children based on neonatal hearing screening.



Collaborations within Erasmus MC

  • Epidemiology
  • Neuro-epidemiology/imaging
  • Opthalmology
  • Neuro-science
  • Internal medicine

Collaborations outside Erasmus MC

  • Johns Hopkins University Baltimore, F. Lin.
  • Karolinska Institute Göteborg, I. Uhlen.
  • Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, H. Hakonarson.
  • The Roayl children’s Hospital Melbourne, M. Wake.

Funding and grants

  • Heinsus Houbolt foundation
  • Horizon 2020
  • Industrial funding by companies Cochlear and Advanced Bionics

Our team

  • André Goedegebure
  • Marc van der Schroeff

Our team