Esther Schoenmaker

Research Areas

  • Binaural hearing
  • Auditory object perception & streaming
  • Speech intelligibility



Curriculum vitae

Since 03/2017

Postdoctoral Researcher in Acoustic Group

01/2011 –02/2017

PhD project “On the characterization of binaural contributions to speech intelligibility in multitalker situations”,

Acoustics Group, Dept. of Med.Physics and Acoustics, Carl von Ossietzky Universität, Oldenburg

04/2006 – 12/2010

Dosimetry Engineer, Dept. of Radiation Oncology, Cantonal Hospital Aarau, Switzerland

03/2005 – 12/2005

Voluntary work in Chile

01/2004 – 01/2005

Master’s thesis “Cerebral activation reflects loudness perception rather than physical sound intensity: an fMRI study in normally hearing and hearing-impaired subjects”, Dept. of Radiology, Maastricht University Hospital, Netherlands

2002 – 2005

MSc Medical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands

1998 – 2002

BSc Biomedical Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands


Journal articles

  • Schoenmaker, E., Brand, T., and van de Par, S. (2016), The multiple contributions of interaural differences to improved speech intelligibility in multitalker scenarios, J. Acoust. Soc. Am. 139, 2589-2603.
  • Schoenmaker, E. and van de Par, S. (2016), Intelligibility for binaural speech with discarded low-SNR speech components, in Physiology, Psychoacoustics and Cognition in Normal and Impaired Hearing, eds. P. van Dijk, D. Baskent, E. Gaudrain, E. de Kleine, A. Wagner, and C. Lanting, 73-81 (Springer International Publishing, Cham).
  • Langers DR, van Dijk P, Schoenmaker ES, Backes WH. (2007) fMRI activation in relation to sound intensity and loudness. Neuroimage. 2007 Apr 1; 35(2):709-18.

Conference proceedings / printed abstracts

  • van de Par, S., Sutojo, S., and Schoenmaker, E. (2016). On the contribution of spatial hearing to speech intelligibility, Proceedings of the 22nd International Congress on Acoustics, Paper ICA2016-496. Buenos Aires, Argentina.
  • Andersen, A. H., Schoenmaker, E., and van de Par, S. (2016). Speech intelligibility prediction as a classification problem, IEEE 26th International Workshop on Machine Learning for Signal Processing (MLSP), 1–6.
  • Sutojo, S, Schoenmaker, E., van de Par, S. (2015). EC-processing and Glimpsing in Cocktail Party Situations, Fortschritte der Akustik – DAGA 2015, Nürnberg, Germany. DEGA e.V., Berlin.
  • Schoenmaker, E. and Van de Par, S. (2014), Quantifying the better ear advantage in the presence of interfering speech. , 167th Meeting of the Acoustical Society of America, 2014, Providence, United States of America.
  • Schoenmaker E., Brand B., and Van de Par S. (2014), The relative contributions of better ear listening and binaural masking level differences in a cocktail party: Experiment and model predictions. , Fortschritte der Akustik – DAGA 2014, Oldenburg, Germany. DEGA e.V., Berlin.
  • Schoenmaker, E. and Van de Par, S. (2013), Auditory streaming in cocktail parties and the extent of binaural benefit., International Congress on Acoustics 2013, Montréal, Canada. POMA 19, 050157 (2013).
  • Schoenmaker, E. and Van de Par, S. (2013), Auditory streaming in cocktail parties: Better ear versus binaural processing., Fortschritte der Akustik – AIA-DAGA 2013, Merano, Italy. DEGA e.V., Berlin.
  • Schoenmaker, E. and Van de Par, S. (2012), Speech intelligibility in cocktail parties: the contribution of binaural cues to perceptual stream formation., Fortschritte der Akustik - DAGA 2012, Darmstadt, Germany. DEGA e.V., Berlin.
  • Schoenmaker, ES; Fujak, E; Rafael, M; Bodis, S; Lutters, G. (2010) IMRT verification with delta4: Do the acceptance criteria need revision? , SASRO 2010, Bern, Switzerland.
  • Schoenmaker, E; Takacs, I; Bodis, S. (2008) High dose conformal therapy to the prostate is a rectal balloon more important than IMRT? , ESTRO 27, Stockholm, Schweden.
  • Lutters, G; Schoenmaker, E; Krayenbuhl, J; Davis, JB. (2004) Implementation of the RadCalc programme for checking monitor unit calculations., SASRO 2004, Luzern, Switzerland.



SoSe 2011 - 2013

Supervisor at the Introductory Laboratory Course in Physics (Grundpraktikum Physik)

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