Our research in this Program is focused on improved hearing in noisy environments and overcoming the need for manual adjustment of device settings. This includes:
- Developing next-generation hearing aids and cochlear implants to improve take-up and use; and
- Delivering hearing solutions for developed and developing countries.
Development of these new technologies will improve hearing in noisy environments, and overcome the need for many users to constantly manually adjust device settings for different listening situations.
In collaboration with industry Members, the HEARing CRC is developing the next-generation speech processing that improves perception in background noise and that addresses the linguistic needs of specific end-users types such as those with unilateral deafness, or tonal language speakers). Tests developed using the 3D simulator in the Listening Brain Research Program will be instrumental in evaluating real-life benefits of new speech processing schemes.
Through these new technologies, our ultimate aim is to increase the take-up and use of hearing technologies from the current 30%, to 60% of those with significant hearing loss.
The research project themes in this Program and associated projects are shown below.