The objective of the course is to learn about the usage of EEG as a tool to evaluate hearing aids and their effect on listening effort. This course focuses on a function developed to improve speech perception when using a telephone based on a binaural approach.
Course created on December 10, 2018
- After this course learners will be able to describe the role of EEG alpha activity as an indicator of listening effort.
- After this course learners will be able to describe the association between objectively measured brain activity and behavioral measures regarding working memory.
- After this course learners will be able to describe the effect of modern hearing aid technology with respect to listening effort when talking on the telephone.
Axel Winneke, PhD
Dr. Winneke has a MSc in Biological Psychology from Maastricht University (2004) and obtained his PhD in 2009 from Concordia University, Montreal, in Experimental Psychology. His research deals with neurophysiological measurement of cognition and perception with a particular focus on aging and factors that modulate developmental trajectories. He is currently employed as senior researcher at the Branch Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology in Oldenburg working on applied research projects in the area of Neuroergonomics with a specific interest in the topic of listening effort.
Maarten De Vos, PhD
Prof. De Vos took up his post as Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Oxford in September 2014, where he founded the Computational Intelligence in Biomedical Monitoring (CIBIM) Laboratory at the Oxford Institute for Biomedical Engineering (IBME) after having a Junior Professorship in Oldenburg, Germany on “Methods on Computational Neuroscience”. He is PI and theme leader of the “New sleep and circadian assays” theme in the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute, funded by a Strategic Award from Wellcome Trust. His research focusses on developing innovative biomedical monitoring techniques and signal processing routines for a range of cognitive and neurological applications. He pioneered the development of a smartphone-linked “behind-the-ear” device that allows for monitoring brain activity of patients in a home environment.
Kirsten C. Wagener, PhD
Dr. Kirsten C. Wagener is head of the department Audiology and Projects at Hörzentrum Oldenburg GmbH and chief audiologist at HörTech gGmbH. PhD in physics from University Oldenburg 2003. Until 2005 she worked as postdoctoral researcher in the medical physics department of University Oldenburg, research area audiology and development of speech audiometric approaches. Kirsten C. Wagener is coordinator of publicly financed projects and industrial contract research in the realm of audiology, benefit evaluation, hearing devices.
Peter Derleth, PhD
Dr. Peter Derleth obtained his PhD in Psychoacoustics at the University of Oldenburg, Germany in 1999. Since 2000 he is employed at Sonova AG, Switzerland and holds the position as director of the ‘Algorithm Concepts Group’ & Principal Expert ‘Hearing Performance’ which covers the fields of acoustics, audiology, algorithmic research and performance profiling. Research topics range from acoustic stability enhancement (Feedback Cancelling) over directional (Beam Forming) and spectral algorithms (Gain Models, Noise Cancelling, Frequency Manipulations) to binaural and psychoacoustic effects.
Matthias Latzel, PhD
Dr. Matthias Latzel, born in Wesel in 1965. He is Clinical Research Manager for Phonak AG in Stäfa, Switzerland since May 2012. He studied electrical engineering at Ruhr University in Bochum as well at Vienna Technical University, graduating in the field of high-frequency technology in 1994 (degree: Diplom). 1994 to 1997, research assistant at Viennatone's Research and Development department in Vienna. 1997 to 2000, scientific assistant in the Department of Audiology for the ENT Clinic at Gießen University. 2001, doctorate ("Communication problems encountered by hearing aid users in telephone communication – approaches to objectifying and solving them"). 2000 to 2002, head of Audiology at Interton Hörgeräte GmbH. 2002 to 2004 scientific assistant in the Department of Audiology of the ENT Hospital at Gießen University working for the “HörTech Centre of Excellence”. 2004 to 2011 head of basic audiological concept group of Siemens Audiologische Technik in Erlangen. Prior to working at Phonak headquarters he was the head of the audiology department for Phonak Germany in Stuttgart-Fellbach from 2011 to 2012. Additionally he is lecturer at the WIFI in Innsbruck since 2005.
Jens Appell, PhD
Dr. Jens-E. Appell studied physics in Göttingen, Germany and wrote his diploma thesis on speech signal processing for hearing aids. From 1994 to 2001 he worked as a researcher at the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg, Germany, on models for human auditory perception and audio signal processing and received his doctorate in 2001 with a thesis on "Loudness Models for rehabilitative Audiology". Starting in 2001 he started at the OFFIS Institute for Information Technology where he became head of the Design Center in 2002 and director of the Embedded Hardware-/Software Systems Division in 2003. 2008 he founded the project group Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology, a new department of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg. Throughout his research career he addressed a variety of R&D topics and its application in embedded systems, transportation, hearing aids, consumer electronics, ambient assisted living and production.
Frank Wallhoff, PhD
Prof. Frank Wallhoff studied Electrical and Information Engineering at Duisburg University. In 2006 he received the Dr.-Ing. degree from the Technical University of Munich and initiated the Interactive Systems Research Group at the Institute for Human-Machine Communication within the Cluster of Excellence CoTeSys. In 2010 he became Professor for Assistive Technologies at Jade University of Applied Sciences in Oldenburg. From 2013 until 2018 he was head of the Fraunhofer Transfer Center for User-Oriented Assistive Systems. His research interests cover intelligent assistance systems and multimodal user interfaces using AI and machine learning technologies that are able to adapt themselves to the needs of a user. He further concentrates on user-centered design processes and standardized qualitative and quantitative methods to observe users also by the use of neuroergonomic methods such as electroencephalography.
Maarten De Vos: Financial: Maarten De Vos’s research in this study was funded by Sonova. Non-financial: Maarten De Vos has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Kirsten C. Wagener: Financial: Kirsten C. Wagener’s research in this study was funded by Sonova. Non-financial: Kirsten C. Wagener has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Peter Derleth: Financial: Peter Derleth is employed by Sonova AG, which funded the study discussed in this course. Non-financial: Peter Derleth has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Matthias Latzel: Financial: Matthias Latzel is employed by Phonak. His research in this study was funded by Sonova. Non-financial: Matthias Latzel has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Jens Appell: Financial: Jens Appell’s research in this study was funded by Sonova. Non-financial: Jens Appell has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Frank Wallhoff: Financial: Frank Wallhoff’s research in this study was funded by Sonova. Non-financial: Frank Wallhoff has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
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