Listening effort in the European Population (LISTEN) (WC2013-030)

Background

Starting date: 01/03/2014

Hearing loss is one of the most prevalent European disabilities. It is associated with increased levels of distress, fatigue and need for recovery. This causes withdrawal from major social roles, such as the occupational role and imposes a risk for the ageing European population. In the EU project LISTEN 607373: "LISTening Effort in the European Population: a New innovative program of research and training", we will examine which current and new hearing aid technologies can successfully decrease listening effort required during speech perception.

An innovative method to quantify listening effort (pupillometry) will be further developed. Novel concepts translating laboratory findings back to daily life practice will be explored and validated. Part of the project will be performed at the Eriksholm Research Center of Oticon – one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in Europe.