CIN Members

In 2007, the CIN started with 25 principal investigators as cluster applicants, as stipulated in the DFG call for bids. When the CIN cluster was approved further  scientists from a range of institutions were incorporated, to make up the 48 'founding members' of the CIN. Since the beginning of 2014 the CIN has consisted of over 80 scientists in total. The membership process involves an application to the steering committee in which the candidate outlines his or her scientific profile and submits a list of publications. The committee's decision is based purely on the scientific excellence of each candidate.

CIN Members

Prof. Dr. Dr. Hans-Peter Zenner

Organization: University Hospital Tübingen / Tübingen Hearing Research Center


Elfriede-Aulhorn-Str. 5
72076 Tübingen

Phone number: +49 (0)7071 29 88088

Department: Dept. of Otolaryngology, Head and Neck Surgery

Area: CIN Members

Scientific topic: Auditory Neuro-implants

Field of Research

Our research and development programme aims to develop active hearing implants for patients with profound or total hearing loss. This includes vibratory middle ear implants to be coupled to the perilymphe of the inner ear. Furthermore, cochlear implants and brain stem implants are investigated. In addition, hybrids of vibratory and electrical implants are addressed.


Electrophysioloy, otoacoustic emissions, material research, laser technology, electronics, battery technologies.


auditory system; biomechanics; language

  1. Zenner HP, Limberger A, Baumann JW, Reischl G, Zalaman IM, Mauz PS, Sweetow RW, Plinkert PK, Zimmermann R, Baumann I, de Maddalena H, Leysieffer H, Maassen MM (2004). Phase III results with a totally implantable piezoelectric middle ear implant: speech audiometry, spatial hearing and psychosocial adjustment. Acta Otolaryngol. 124(2):155-64.
  2. Zenner HP, Leysieffer H (1998). Totally implantable hearing device for sensorineural hearing loss. Lancet. 352(9142):1751.
  3. Zenner HP, Maassen MM, Plinkert PK, Zimmermann R, Baumann JW, Reischl G, Leysieffer H (1998). First implantation of a totally implantable electronic hearing aid in patients with inner ear hearing loss. HNO. 46(10):844-52.