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Barbara  Ohlenforst

Barbara Ohlenforst is a PhD student at the Ear and Hearing section of the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, which is part of the EMGO Institute for Health and Care Research at the VU University medical centre in Amsterdam.

She holds a master’s degree in clinical audiology and has engineering education in the field of Hearing Technology and Audiology. Furthermore, she has an extensive experience as clinical audiologist developed over several years of work.

Recently, Barbara achieved a M.Sc. in Engineering Acoustics at the Technical University of Denmark (DTU). Her studies at DTU included a research project with the focus on the relationship between working memory, compressor speed and background noise characteristics. The project was carried out at the Northwestern University in Chicago (USA).

Barbara is currently enrolled in a EU Marie Curie European Industrial Doctorate project based on the collaboration between VUmc Amsterdam and OTICON-Eriksholm Research Center in Denmark ( The project is called "LISTening Effort in the European Population: a New innovative program of research and training" or LISTEN607373.

LISTEN607373 intends to investigate which current and new hearing aid technologies can successfully decrease listening effort required during speech perception. Several aspects of the pupil response in relation to hearing loss and hearing aid technologies will be assessed together with OTICON A/S, a leading hearing aid manufacturer. This project will be advised by Prof. Sophia Kramer and Dr. Adriana Zekveld from the Audiology department at VUmc Amsterdam and by Dr. Graham Naylor and Adj. Prof. Thomas Lunner from OTICON-Eriksholm.