Do-It-Yourself: Tinker, programme or try for yourself. Within the "Hear How You Like to Hear" project, citizens are working on the next generation of hearing aids, hearables etc. In workshops and hackathons, the Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg and “doers” use simple technical means to test individualised everyday solutions for better hearing.

Hear How You Like To Hear

Self-determined hearing for people with and without hearing impairment

Invitation: Hear How You Like To Hear!


Whether you have a hearing impairment or not: Why not take part in the research on a new portable hearing support currently being conducted by a team of scientists at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) in Oldenburg? With the help of professionals, you will be able to adjust the latest test devices to your personal requirements in everyday situations and develop creative design concepts together with experts.

This is a citizen science project that focuses on what people want, regardless of age. Tell us what you want to hear and how and when you want to hear it: Hear How You Like To Hear!

The project aims to give fresh impetus to the development of assistive listening devices and focuses on people’s wellbeing in the process. We want to make people with hearing impairments more self-confident and encourage greater awareness in their social environment.

The research work is not being performed in the laboratory but instead in everyday settings. People’s individual requirements are always at the heart of the project.

Research questions may include:

  • How could hearables (portable hearing supports) for self-determined hearing SOUND?
  • How could hearables for self-determined hearing FEEL?
  • How could hearables for self-determined hearing LOOK?

Build the Hearable of the future yourself!

The complete project documentation including source code and housing for the 3D printer is available on Github.


hack4ears - Hackathon for the Hearable of the Future

The Hackathon “hack4ears” took place on the 8th and 9th of November in Motionlab Berlin, organized by Fraunhofer IDMT.

The project is financed by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research in the framework of its “Citizen Science” funding line. It is one of 13 projects up until the end of 2019 that will advance cooperation between citizens and scientists both in terms of content and methodologies and produce answers to social challenges.