Speech is the most natural way of people communicating. Today, long distance communication on the phone has become common for most people. However, for 15 % of the people in Europe the use of telecommunication is limited due to hearing impairments. Also, the normal hearing and people with minor hearing impairments face special challenges when using the phone in acoustically difficult environments. To allow a clear and easy communication for everyone using a standard phone, a technology is to be developed that individually processes the audio signals of the communication partners.

Responsibilities of Fraunhofer IDMT

In this project, the Oldenburg Branch for Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology HSA develops the procedure for hearing support, its parameterization and the necessary interactive adoptions to the integration of signal processing and adoption processes to the target system.