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In the Hearing cluster we study basic auditory perception, with projects being centered around the topic of spatial hearing. Tested populations include normal-hearing (NH) listeners and listeners suffering from complete or partial hearing loss. In such cases cochlear implants (CIs) can restore auditory sensation by electrical stimulation of the auditory nerve.

Our main goal is to extend knowledge about basic phenomena and the underlying mechanisms. We carefully design our research questions to contribute to new approaches for improving hearing, particularly in challenging listening situations.

Equipped with state-of-the-art facilities, our lab facilitates sound-shielded rooms, semi-anechoic rooms, and electrically-treated rooms. We employ specialized tools for purposes such as acoustic measurements of listener-specific head-related transfer functions (HRTFs) with high spatial resolution, sound localization experiments in virtual reality within a spherical array of 91 loudspeakers, non-invasive physiological measurements capturing brain responses through electroencephalography (EEG) and pupil dilations through eye tracking, and psychophysical experiments with calibrated acoustic or electric stimulus presentation via headphones and cochlear implants, respectively.

Abgeschlossene Projekte