What distinguishes good sound? Why are some sounds perceived as annoying? When does music sound “just right” to the individual? How can speech intelligibility be evaluated objectively and optimized in a needs-oriented way?
The “Personalized Hearing Systems” group at Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg has answers to these questions. Based on findings from psychoacoustics and in close exchange with clients, partners and alliances, such as the Hearing4all cluster of excellence, IDMT’s experts develop computer models that simulate our personal hearing perception. This forms the cornerstone for intelligent hearing solutions that optimize sound experience individually for each listener. Because everyone hears differently well!
Individual and better hearing is defined – depending on the application – according to various sound parameters, such as speech intelligibility, listening effort, sound quality, loudness, harshness or annoyance.