”It sounds like a dream,” a woman in the audience utters.
Wearing an illustrative EEG cap, Postdoc Carina Graversen just introduced how Eriksholm’s research in the future will make it possible for hearing aid users to enhance the voice of a specific person just by attending to that person. Research that Carina Graversen compares to science fiction – but science fiction that seems to become a reality in the near future.
On the 25th of April, Eriksholm Research Centre opened the doors for ’The Danish Science Festival’ (Forskningens Døgn). Guests, mainly from the local area, visited Eriksholm in order to get to know more about the research.
“42 excited and curious guests came and listened, engaged with us, and asked a lot of great questions. This was a really positive experience for those of our researchers who were involved in talking about and demonstrating their work,” says Bo Westergård, Head of Communications & Clinical Audiology at Eriksholm and organizer of the event.
From history to science fiction
Karen Hare, who visited Eriksholm with her husband, came because she was curious to know more about the research and development at Eriksholm.
“I am interested in things happening in my local area, and this is interesting, since I have friends who have a hearing impairment and struggle,” Karen Hare explains.
She and the other guests were divided into groups and guided around the research centre to a number of stations introducing the history of hearing aids, the collaboration with test subjects, and the fascinating future of hearing aids. Especially the latter caught Karen Hare’s attention:
“The future scenario (steering sound with your brain, ed.) was really fun! It is comforting to know that when you get older you will still be able to hear,” she says.