R2: Intelligent Sound Processing

Program overview

HEARing CRC researchers are combining sound processing and signal coding with electronics and communication engineering to improve the performance of hearing aids, cochlear implants and intelligent hearing protection.

This research will lead to increased sound intelligibility in background noise, the capacity to hear with both ears (binaural hearing) and enhanced perception of tonal languages for users. Further work will also be undertaken to explore the combination of acoustic sound ('normal hearing') and electrical sound (for example from cochlear implants) to improve performance for individuals who receive both.

More information about individual projects can be found below.

Projects in this Program

R2.0: Reproducing the Pure Tone
Project-ID Project Title Project Leader
R2.0.1 Reproducing the Pure Tone: CURRENTLY SUSPENDED
R2.1 Sound coding for electro-acoustical hybrid devices and applications
Project-ID Project Title Project Leader
R2.1.1 Sound coding for electro-acoustic hybrid devices and applications: CURRENTLY SUSPENDED
R2.2: Bilateral sound processing
Project-ID Project Title Project Leader
R2.2.1 Bilateral signal processing for use in hearing aids and/or cochlear implants Dr Jorge Mejia
R2.2.2 Bilateral stimulus optimisation for cochlear implants Dr Richard van Hoesel
R2.3: Improved sound coding for cochlear implants
Project-ID Project Title Project Leader
R2.3.1 Improved coding and transduction of pitch, fine spatio-temporal structure and speech in noise for cochlear implant users Mr Andrew Vandali
R2.3.3 Improved Pitch Processing in Humans Dr Robert Mannell
R2.4: Unilateral Front-end Processing
Project-ID Project Title Project Leader
R2.4.1 Unilateral Front-end Processing Dr John Heasman
R2.5: Neural Modelling
Project-ID Project Title Project Leader
R2.5.1 Improving cochlear implant performance through use of neural models (COMPLETED) Prof Stephen O'Leary