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For the firth time the German Foundation Tinnitus and Hearing will award its "Research Prize Tinnitus & Hearing" to an outstanding scientific work in the field of causal research, early detection and therapy of tinnitus and hearing impairments in 2023. The award is endowed with 10,000 euros. 

Objective and subject of the funding

The Tinnitus & Hearing Research Award has been awarded once a year since 2019. The aim is to recognise and publicise innovative research approaches to tinnitus and other hearing disorders. Specifically, outstanding achievements in the field of causal research, early detection and therapy of tinnitus and hearing impairment are awarded.

The following works can be submitted:

  • High-calibre scientific papers and
  • Post-doctoral theses published in the past two years

The winner will be announced and awarded at the 23rd Tinnitus Symposium in Berlin on Dec. 2, 2023.

Award recipients
The prize is aimed at applicants from Europe; they can submit their work in German or English. Those who have already received an award may reapply after a period of five years. Only personal applications are possible; proposals from third parties are not permitted.

Type and scope of the award
From 2019 - 2022, the prize of EUR 10,000 has been sponsored by Restrukturierungspartner RSP GmbH & Co. KG and awarded annually at the Tinnitus Symposium at the beginning of December. A representative of the Scientific Advisory Board will give the laudatory speech, and the award winner will then have the opportunity to present his or her research work. The certificate is then presented. Information about the donator of this years prize will follow at short notice.

For further information on application requirements and procedures, the selection process and criteria for awarding the prize, the conditions of funding and reporting by the Foundation, please check out our

Review 2022:
Last  year the young scientist Dr. med. univ. Lukas Landegger was awarded. The ceremony took place on 3 December as part of the 22nd Tinnitus Symposium 2022 in Berlin, which was once again hosted by the Tinnitus Centre of the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Foundation. Landegger, who is currently a resident and junior research group leader for ENT medicine at the General Hospital of the City of Vienna and the University Clinic for Ear, Nose and Throat Diseases at the Medical University of Vienna, received the prize for his post-doctoral thesis "Translational Inner Ear Research - From Bench to Bedside" as well as other scientific publications.

Review 2021:
Last year,the foundation's jury, headed by Prof. Dr. Matthias Rose, Chairman of the Foundation's Scientific Advisory Board and Director of the Medical Clinic with a focus on psychosomatics at the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, chose the young scientist Dr. Elouise Koops from the Netherlands. She is currently a Research Fellow at the Eaton-Peabody Lab, Massachusetts Eye and Ear, Department of Otolaryngology - Head and Neck Surgery, Harvard Medical School in Boston, USA. The prize was awarded 4 December 2021, during the 22nd Tinnitussymposium, organized by the Tinnituszentrum Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin and the Foundation.

Review 2020:
Last year, two excellent winners were warded: Prof. Dr. rer. nat. Lukas Rüttiger (certified biologist and associate professor at the Hearing Research Center of the University Clinic for Otolaryngology, Section of Molecular Hearing Physiology, headed by Prof. Dr. Marlies Knipper, Eberhard Karls University Tübingen) and PD Dr. rer. nat. Winfried Schlee (certified psychologist and scientific coordinator TRI, Clinic and Polyclinic for Psychiatry and Psychotherapy of the University of Regensburg at the District Hospital).

All those who were not able to attend the Digital Award Ceremony – or who would like to watch the event again – can watch the recording including the following Q&A session at the following link - unfortunaltely only available in German language:

Review 2019:
In 2019 the award went to to Dr. Christopher Cederroth, working at the Karolinska Institute in Stockholm. He received the prize for his translational work in the field of basic research on tinnitus and hearing loss.