Thomas Lunner

Research Area Manager / Adj. Professor

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Cognitive Hearing Science

Research in Cognitive Hearing Science aims at finding correlations between physiological activities and cognitive processes challenged by hearing impairment.

These cognitive processes include attention and listening efforts, and we are working on ways to quantify these processes using advanced Electroencephalography (EEG) medical measurements and pupillometry, that are capable of detecting real-time neurological responses.

It is our long-term vision to design hearing devices capable of providing important information about the end-user’s level of attention and listening effort through direct physiological monitoring. Furthermore, we wish to be able to control hearing aid signal processing based on these measures.

In future, hearing devices will allow the user to selectively amplify the sounds of his/her choice while leaving other background noises unamplified. This will provide the end-user with a much more personalized hearing compensation experience, which allows for increased sense of control. Furthermore, we can use the enormous amount of outcome-measurements and evaluation data extracted from these devices to advance the field of audiology even more.

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