Hearing in the Communication Society

Third Party Funds Group - Sub project

Overall project details

Overall project: Hearing in the Communication Society

Project Details

Project leader:
Prof. Dr.-Ing. Walter Kellermann

Contributing FAU Organisations:
Professur für Nachrichtentechnik

Funding source: EU - 6. RP / Focusing and integrating Community research / Intregrated Projects (IP)
Acronym: HEARCOM
Start date: 01/01/2007
End date: 31/12/2010

Abstract (technical / expert description):

Our society is strongly and increasingly communication-oriented. As much of this focuses on sound and speech, many people experience severe limitations in their activities, caused either by hearing loss or by poor environmental conditions. In most cases these conditions only just meet the needs for adult native-language, and normal hearing people, but fall short for vulnerable groups like elderly, hard of hearing, young children, and second-language users. The HEARCOM project aims at full participation in the modern communication society by reducing the limitations in auditory communication. The focus of HEARCOM is on: The identification and characterization of auditory communication limitations,The identification, modelling, and evaluation of ambient conditions that limit auditive communication in everyday situations,The development of standardized testing and evaluation procedures for hearing impaired persons,The development of rehabilitation and signal enhancement techniques that compensate adverse ambient conditions and personal disabilities,The development of innovative assistive personal communication technology based on wireless communication links and assistive applications integrated in mainstream technologies, andThe development of Internet services that assist individuals and professionals in the improvement and compensation of communication problems.

External Partners

University of Amsterdam
Adam Mickiewicz University / Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaniu (UAM)
Cochlear Europe Ltd.
Katholieke Universiteit Leuven (KUL) / Catholic University of Leuven
Erasmus University Medical Center
Fraunhofer-Institut für Angewandte Informationstechnik (FIT)
GN ReSound Danmark A/S
Hörzentrum Oldenburg GmbH
Ruhr-Universität Bochum (RUB)
HörTech gGmbH
Siemens Audiologische Technik GmbH
Technical University of Denmark / Danmarks Tekniske Universitet (DTU)
Thales Communications
Royal National Institute for Deaf People (RNID)
Netherlands Organization for Applied Scientific Research / Nederlandse Organisatie voor toegepast-natuurwetenschappelijk onderzoek (TNO)
University College London (UCL)
Linköping University
Universitätsspital Zürich (USZ)
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg
University of Southampton
Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam (VU) / University Amsterdam
Institute for Language and Speech Processing (ILSP)

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