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      Supporting development

      If you're developing technology for people with hearing loss or tinnitus, Action on Hearing Loss is well positioned to support you in a variety of ways, from early concept to market.

      Our extensive understanding of hearing loss, deafness and tinnitus enables us to support you in a number of ways.

      Concept review

      With our in-house expertise and understanding of the needs of people with hearing loss or tinnitus, we can provide constructive feedback on ideas for new technological solutions – at a very early stage of development. This feedback can give you confidence that a concept is worth pursuing, as well as help you to refine your ideas. We can facilitate targeted surveys and focus groups so you can gain insights from end users.

      Market insight

      We can help you understand the market for assistive technology – sharing our insight into the different needs of people confronting deafness, tinnitus and hearing loss; market sizes and emerging trends. We can also support developers and manufacturers in carrying out bespoke market research by disseminating surveys through our various communication channels.

      User testing

      We can help run and recruit people into user trials of your new technology. This will enable you to gather valuable feedback, from early prototype right through to final product.

      Making connections

      Using our established network of contacts we can help connect you with the expertise you need to advance the development of your product. This could range from specific technical know-how to how and where to manufacture a product.

      Commercial partnerships

      We operate a successful retail business, selling a wide range of products and services to help people who are deaf, have a hearing loss and tinnitus. We have considerable experience of working in partnership with developers, manufacturers and suppliers to bring new products and services to market.

      We are actively seeking new commercial opportunities. If you're a developer or manufacturer of new technology, and are interested in partnering with us, we're happy to discuss different partnership models.

      Contact us through our Request for Support form or email us on technology@hearingloss.org.uk to find out how we can support you to develop your technology or concept.

      Whether you're confronting hearing loss, deafness or tinnitus, the right products and technology can be vital to helping you stay independent and continuing to enjoy doing the things you want to do