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Discussion sessions - Thursday, June 13th, afternoon

  

I. Hardware & Acoustics

1) Hearing devices using sensors beyond acoustics as gateway to mobile Health and man-machine communication

Session chairs: Graham Naylor (Glasgow), Bernd Meyer (Oldenburg)

Short description: The ear is a perfect place for gathering sensor information beyond acoustics that may be utilized to assess the individuals´s bodily signals (i.e., EEG, EOG, ECG, head and body orientation, arousal, attention, fatigue, health indicators, ….). This session will review and discuss the use of other sensors (in hearing aids) than microphones, their potentials and current limitations for improving ease of controlling the hearing device (by more refined user interfaces) and for incorporating more hearing healthcare services.


Agenda


14:00      Graham Naylor (Univ. of Nottingham) and Bernd T. Meyer (Univ. Oldenburg): Introduction

14:05      Simon Geirnaert (KU Leuven): Towards neuro-steered hearing prostheses

14:15      Discussion

14:25      Tanja Schultz (Univ. Bremen): Silent speech interfaces based on EMG

14:35      Discussion

14:45      Sergi Rotger Griful (Oticon Eriksholm): Cognitive control of a hearing aid

14:55      Discussion

15:05      General discussion, part 1

15:15      Coffee break

15:45      Dorothea Wendt (Oticon Eriksholm): Pupillometry for testing the impact of a hearing device on listening effort

15:55      Discussion

16:05      Tobias Neher (U. of Southern Denmark): Effects of directional sound processing and listener´s motivation on EEG responses to noisy speech

16:15      Discussion

16:25      Jeff Crukley (Starkey): Putting health in hearing healthcare: hearing aids with embedded sensors

16:35      Discussion

16:45      General discussion, part 2

17:00      End of session

 

 

II. Psychophysics & Evaluation

3) Evaluation of hearing devices using smartphones and cloud services

Session chairs: Inga Holube, Niels Pontoppidan

Short description:
The use of internet-enabled hearing devices and smartphones enables new evaluation methods in real life, during the daily life of the user and in the relevant sound environments. Other types of listening tests can also be carried out at home. How do they compare to other evaluation methods? What is the potential of making much larger studies than we have been used to, e.g. by exploiting big data?


Agenda
 

14:00      Inga Holube (Oldenburg): Introduction

14:15      Discussion

14:20      Jeff Crukley (Starkey): Auditory ecology: outcomes with a mobile-connected hearing aid system

14:30      Discussion

14:40      Elmar Fichtl (Sonova): How suitable is ecological momentary assessment (EMA) for evaluation of better hearing solutions?

14:50      Discussion

15:00      General discussion part 1

15:15      Coffee break

15:45      Nick Zacharov (Senselab): Listening tests outside the lab

15:55      Discussion

16:05      Niels Pontoppidan (Oticon Eriksholm): Big data supporting public hearing health policies (EVOTION)

16:15      Discussion

16:25      Lidia Best (European Federation of Hard of Hearing, EFHOH): User perspective of connected hearing devices

16:35      Discussion

16:45      General discussion part 2

17:00      End of session

 

III. Algorithms  & Software

5) New ideas on hearing aid processing

Session chairs: Enrique Lopez-Poveda, Stefan Launer

Short description:
Signal processing remains a core aspect to hearing aid functionality and development. The aim
of this session is to review and discuss novel, promising signal processing algorithms, including (but not limited to) binaural amplification algorithms (that make two hearing aids function effectively as a single, coupled device), and environmental classification and adaptation algorithms that allow hearing aids to function differently depending on the characteristics of the users’ listening environment.


Agenda
 

14:00      Stefan Launer (Sonova): Introduction

14:15      Discussion

14:20      Lars Bramsløw (Oticon Eriksholm): Speech separation algorithms using deep neural networks

14:30      Discussion

14:40      Simon Doclo (Oldenburg): Exploiting external microphones for speech enhancement algorithms in hearing aids

14:50      Discussion

15:00      General discussion part 1

15:15      Coffee break

15:45      James M. Kates (University of Colorado): Improved externalization with a remote microphone

15:55      Discussion

16:05      Mark D. Plumbley (Surrey): Computational analysis of sound scenes and events

16:15      Discussion

16:25      Mathias Dietz (Oldenburg): Binaural signal processing algorithms

16:35      Discussion

16:45      General discussion part 2

17:00      End of session

 

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