EEG helps understand hearing and attention
For these reasons, we work on developing new methods and outcome measures to evaluate the impact of the signal processing of hearing devices using electroencephalography (EEG) signals.
Our primary focus is on the everyday listening situations, where more conventional speech in noise tests might be insensitive, i.e. high signal-to-noise-ratios and high speech intelligibility.
We hear with our brains, not just with our ears. Electrophysiological signals, the measurements of our brains’ activity, have been used to better understand hearing and attention in different listening tasks and to develop new outcome measures.
Within the field of cognitive hearing science, brain responses have been demonstrated to be modulated by auditory attention and to assess the cognitive load. Within our group, EEG and in/around-Ear-EEG is applied to learn more about listening attention and cognitive load in people with hearing impairment.