Latest news from Eriksholm Research Centre


Danish Science Festival: Eriksholm demonstrated hearing research to the public

2/5-2019: Third year in a row, Eriksholm Research Centre gave the public a peek behind the curtains as part of the Danish Science Festival.

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Employee portrait: Christine Winther

9/4-2019: Clinic manager Christine Winther works every day on improving the life quality of people with hearing impairment by supporting the ones completely fundamental for the research: the test subjects.

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The COCOHA project has brought us closer to intelligent hearing aids

22/3-2019: The international COCOHA project just ended, and hearing aids that steer the sound according to the intent of the user now seem much closer.

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Annual Report 2018 is out

19/2-2019: The Eriksholm Annual Report 2018 is now published. Read about we did in 2018 and our plans for 2019.

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Where can you meet us in 2019?

15/2-2019: Our 'Meet Us' page has been updated! It contains an overview of all the conferences our researchers will be present at this year.

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Employee portrait: Sergi Rotger Griful

25/01-2019: eHealth Researcher Sergi Rotger Griful did his PhD in renewable energy, but a job posting at Eriksholm changed his focus to health care. His skills are applicable in various fields, and for Sergi the most important thing is that he can do applied research that matters.

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A love story from Eriksholm

2/1-2019: As we enter 2019, Senior Director Uwe Hermann reflects on the developments in AI and sensors he has seen over the years - and declares his love for Eriksholm.

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New publication: eHealth solutions need to take the users into account

11/12-2018: New publication lays the groundwork for future user-oriented eHealth solutions. It also emphasizes how eHealth solutions need to fit the level of tech-savviness of the user.

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Employee portrait: Charlotte Engelsen

4/12-2018: Charlotte Engelsen needs change in her everyday life to make sure she won’t get bored. Luckily, that seems to fit well with her front office job at Eriksholm where there is no such thing as a ‘typical work day’. She has many different functions, but it all comes down to limiting the amount of administrative tasks for the researchers.

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Groundbreaking new study reveals how the inner ear processes speech

29/10-2018: A new paper, published in the acknowledged journal Nature Communication, reveals a new mechanism delivering vital information to the brain. Among the authors is Professor Thomas Lunner from Eriksholm Research Centre.

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Training of the brain may help future tinnitus patients: “Many people suffer in silence”

22/10-2018: PhD student Martin Jensen knows the stress and frustration connected to suffering from tinnitus. Through his research he is part of an upcoming research field, aiming to make life easier for tinnitus patients. He wants people to train their tinnitus better through their hearing aids.

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Employee portrait: Alejandro Lopez Valdes

21/9-2018: Research engineer Alejandro Lopez Valdes is originally from Mexico, but throughout his studies and work life he has been living in several countries to pursue professional goals in hearing research and to feed his drive to explore the unknown. That has taught him that needs within hearing impairment can vary not only from individual to individual but also across borders.

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Measuring listening effort tells us about the benefits of a hearing aid

21/9-2018: How do you test whether a hearing device actually makes a difference for the user? The level of brain capacity spent on understanding a conversation – listening effort - is one way to do that. In a new study, listening effort was used as the measurement for the benefit of a hearing aid.

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Workshops, networking, and camping: Eriksholm summer camp inspired young audiologists

28/8-2018: 59 young audiologists from all over the world visited Eriksholm for the yearly ‘Eriksholm summer camp’ last week. They were here to get new knowledge on technologies and research and to network with fellow audiologists from other countries.

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Meet our new ehealth manager, Gaby Saunders

24/8-2018: From the 1st of August our eHealth team got a new manager. Well-respected research scientist Gaby Saunders has just flown in from Portland, Oregon. She has a clear interest in human behaviour and sees eHealth as a clear-cut way to better conditions for people with hearing impairment.

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New employee portrait: Michael Kai Petersen

14/8-2018: Michael Kai Petersen was originally trained as a musician, but most of his career he has used his knowledge about sound as a sound engineer. Now he is dedicated to personalizing future hearings aids in order to contextually augment sounds for the user in every possible situation.

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A group of new PhD students are kicking off the HEAR-ECO project

24/7-2018: We welcome six new PhD students, all part of the HEAR-ECO project. HEAR-ECO is an international project, and the PhD's will spend time in both Amsterdam, Glasgow, and here in Eirksholm Research Centre. You can learn more about them and their projects here.

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Danish hearing aid users collect data in big EU project

18/6-2018: The Big Data EU project EVOTION is now welcoming 40 Danish test subjects.

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Future Audiologists visited Eriksholm

9/5-2018: We had the honor of hosting 17 motivated audiology students from Copenhagen University.

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Eriksholm invited in the public for the Danish Science Festival

26/4-2018: On the occasion of the Danish Science Festival, Eriksholm Research Centre had an open house event, where guests from the public got a chance to learn more about our research.

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Worldwide interest in SWIR: An increasingly popular method for measuring listening effort

20/4-2018: Experts, researchers, and professionals from all over the world came to Eriksholm for a workshop on listening effort. Many of them wished to adapt the increasingly popular SWIR test to their own language.

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New employee portrait: Antoine Favre-Félix

17/4-2018: Antoine Favre-Félix is a PhD student on the topic “Controlling a hearing aid by electrically assessed eye-gaze”.

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New employee portrait: Louise Lystrup

27/3-2018: As a research clinician Louise Lystrup is both working with clients and with the eHealth research group

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Annual Report 2017 is out

13/3-2018: Read about the work done at Eriksholm Research Centre in 2017

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World Hearing Day: Eriksholm meets the public

3/3-2018: To celebrate World Hearing Day, the clinicians at Eriksholm Research Centre put up a booth to meet the users.

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Getting creative ideas call for untraditional methods

27/2-2018: A hairdresser and an optician was invited to Eriksholm to spark new ideas.

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Boom in students doing their thesis at Eriksholm

21/2-2018: No less than 12 master and bachelor students are being supervised by Eriksholm researchers this semester.

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Research Area changes name to 'Augmented Hearing'

16/2-2018: The research area formerly known as 'Advanced Algoritms' got a new name.

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New employee portrait: Lukas Tietz

Through eHealth, Lukas Tietz is researching his way to a better life for hearing impaired people .

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God does not need a teacher - Uwe Hermann remarks on 2017 gone by

Senior Director Uwe Hermann reflects on a year gone by, and looks forward to Eriksholm's 2018 ambitions. This year, Artificial Intelligence (AI) plays an important part.

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Hearing aids are about to get a whole lot smarter

Implementing deep neural networks (DNN) in hearing aids enable the listener to separate speech.

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Twenty years of Eriksholm Summer Camp

Over four days, camp participants attend lectures by researchers, engineers and bright minds from the audiological world.

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Eriksholm is turning 40!

A lot has happened since our humble beginning in 1977.

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The page for our research project, App(etite) for life with hearing loss, has been updated!

In the past, we have mentioned this research project spearheaded by Annette Cleveland Nielsen, which intends to enlighten the significance of information and communication exchange in living well with hearing loss. The project has since seen its first focus groups and wireframes for the app solutions, as well as a few digitized mock-ups.

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Thomas Lunner is the first ever William Demant Fellow

For the first time ever, today William Demant appointed a Fellow by honoring Eriksholm Research Centre’s senior scientist Thomas Lunner for his contributions to cognitive hearing science as his latest major achievement in a long career with many great achievements to the benefit of people with hearing loss.

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Hidden Hearing Loss - What is synaptopathy, and how can we diagnose it?

One of the current hot topics in hearing research, is how we diagnose hidden hearing loss, or synaptopathy, in people with hearing impairment. A typical hearing test will not offer you much insight into problematic synapses or hidden hearing loss in general, and so we need to develop new methods for diagnosing this kind of hearing impairment. There is currently no underlying theory as to how hidden hearing loss reveals itself. In this study, we hypothesize that short sounds in noisy environments can indicate an underlying hearing loss, that typical audiograms cannot diagnose.

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The Eriksholm Collection: Mistakes were made

Have you ever heard the expression "mistakes were made?" Here at Eriksholm Research Centre, we certainly have. At the end of the day, any research boils down to asking a lot of questions, and finding out where the answers take us. A natural consequence of that is that things do not always work out in your favor. For this week's peek into the Eriksholm Collection, we look at some less proud, but equally important historic moments: The mistakes.

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Researchers from Eriksholm attended the 9th Speech in Noise Workshop in Oldenburg, Germany.

On January 5-6, a delegation of three employees from Eriksholm Research Centre attended the 9th Speech in Noise Workshop (SpiN 2017) in Oldenburg, Germany. Research Engineer Alejandro Lopez Valdes gave an invited talk on investigation into the clinical applicability of single-channel EEG, titled “Assessment of Spectral Ripple Discrimination in Cochlear Implant Users: The Untold Story.” Research Engineer & Project Manager Lars Bramsløw offered a poster on the defects of learning in the Danish HINT-tests. Finally, Research Engineer Dorothea Wendt attended the conference as her first item on the agenda, after returning from maternity leave. If you were unable to attend the conference, or would like to have a look at the submitted material, you can find the posters and abstracts on our website.

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Are hearing aids the better rehabilitative choice when compared to PSAPs? On speech-intelligibility and sound-quality, the answer is yes.

In recent years, a new category of hearing amplification devices has been introduced. Personal Sound Amplification Products (PSAPs) offer a cheaper alternative to hearing aids, and some studies have concluded that they, in selected audiological domains, offered the same benefits as regular hearing aids for people with mild-to-moderate hearing losses. However, very few of the published studies that have compared the two product types have ensured proper test-subject blinding, and none have ensured test-subject blinding and individualized fit of the hearing devices. Eriksholm staff, Filip M. Rønne and Rikke Rossing, decided to conduct a properly blinded study, to fill the gap.

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Solving speech separation in competing voices with Lars Bramsløw

Can we solve the issue of speech separation in hearing aids by working on deep neural networks? We sat down with research engineer and project manager, Lars Bramsløw, to discuss how we can design for a more holistic, natural listening experience. In co-operation with the Tampere University of Technology, Eriksholm Research Centre has conducted multiple experiments within the field of speech separation.

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The Eriksholm Collection: The Oticon Model 550T

Throwback Thursday to the Oticon Model 550T. It was the first Oticon hearing aid to utilize transistors and telecoil technology to provide a more streamlined listening experience for hearing aid users. One fact you might not know, is that the iconic look was, in essence, the result of one big misunderstanding. Today, we delve into the design and production of the hearing aid, and how one small piece of new technology became the most prominent feature of the Model 550T.

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Eriksholm Research Centre hosts the 2016 Eriksholm Summer Camp for audiology students and recent graduates from all over the world.

Eriksholm Research Centre hosts the 2016 Eriksholm Summer Camp for audiology students and recent graduates from all over the world. With more than 55 people attending, the research centre has been unusually busy, buzzing with life, debate and happy faces. We stopped some of the guests on their way around the tight-packed event, to hear a little about their experience at the summer camp.

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"Let's take it outside!" - New meeting room at Eriksholm Research Centre

At Eriksholm Research Centre, we can now say "let's take it outside", and not because we are trying to instigate a bar fight. Over the summer, caretaker and on-site muscle for Eriksholm Research Centre, Michael Larsen, has been busy designing, preparing and working on our new outdoor meeting room. On July 7 2016, in a surprising show of sportsmanship by the shifting Danish weather, we celebrated the topping off of our meeting room with cold ice cream and warm sunlight.

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The 2016 Eriksholm Workshop

The consensus paper from the 5th Eriksholm Workshop, has been published as a special issue in the Ear and Hearing journal. The 23-pages consensus paper highlights how listening effort depends not only on hearing difficulties and task demands but also on the listener's motivation to expend mental effort in the challenging situations of everyday life.

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Scientific achievements in hearing aids - the 1946 Oticon Model TA

#ThrowbackThursday to The 1946 Oticon Model TA, the first mass-produced Danish hearing aid. Back then, a single 8-hour battery cost as much as a family vacation, and getting raw material to the assembly lines was no easy feat in the middle f international turmoil and a world war. Learn about William Demant's interesting journey; from assembling American hearing aids on a license basis, to inventing the very first Danish hearing aid.

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What’s new in hearing aid technology? Requisites for successful implementation of eHealth in hearing health care.

“So in essence, the future [hearing aid] user will never again need to feel alone with a hearing problem or challenging situation.” In his latest article, ‘What’s new in hearing aid technology? Requisites for successful implementation of eHealth in hearing health care’, Senior Director Uwe Andreas Hermann discusses his vision for the future of the hearing aid industry.

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Hearing Impact: Our eyes and ears are more connected than you think

Research Engineer and PhD, Dorothea Wendt from Eriksholm Research Centre and DTU Electrical Engineering is at the ‪#‎AudiologyNow‬ conference in Phoenix demoing our latest research: How pupillometry can be used as an indicator to provide a better hearing aid experience to patients around the world.

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