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How a hearing aid listens to thoughts

Hearing research from Oldenburg is on everyone's lips. At the beginning of May, the British popular science journal "New Scientist" reported on the technology developed in Oldenburg, which coupled an acoustically transparent hearing aid with three EEG electrodes in the pinna and an EEG device placed behind the ear – the cEEGrid developed by Prof. Stefan Debener and his team. This makes it possible to make EEG recordings while listening and thereby obtain information about hearing effort or the focus of attention. So in the future, the hearing aid can be better controlled and improve the quality of hearing and hearing comfort.

The technology is still in the testing phase, but initial results were already presented at the ISAAR (International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research) last year by Florian Denk and his colleagues. This article has now been picked up by the British magazine which presented the technology to a broad interested readership.

The cited article

  • ISAAR Proceedings:
    Florian Denk, Marleen Grzybowski, Stephan M,. A. Ernst, Birger Kollmeier, Stefan Debener, Martin Bleichner (2017) Measuring hearing instrument sound modification using integrated ear-EEG. In: Proceedings of the International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research (Proc. ISAAR), Vol. 6: Adaptive Processes in Hearing, August 2017, Nyborg, Denmark. Edited by S. Santurette, T. Dau, J. C.-Dalsgaard, L. Tranebjærg, T. Andersen, and T. Poulsen. The Danavox Jubilee Foundation, 2017. © The Authors. ISBN: 978-87-990013-6-1.

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