Hearing impairment is a leading cause of disability worldwide. As people age, their hearing ability deteriorates inevitably. Listening effort, distress, lack of energy, fatigue, increased levels of need for recovery and sick leave are notorious consequences of age-related hearing loss.
Research within the EU funded project LISTEN was developing tools to evaluate and interpret the extent to which hearing solutions, such as hearing aids 1) improve performance in terms of speech understanding, and 2) reduce the listening effort required to perceive the speech.
The project also aimed at further developing the method of pupillometry by examining additional pupil reflex parameters than the ones previously used in Audiology research.
About the LISTEN project
LISTEN was an EU-funded project which ran between 1/10/2013 until 30/9/2017. The project was a collaboration between Eriksholm Research Centre, VU University medical center, Amsterdam, and National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research, Glasgow. Two Early Stage Researchers (ESRs), namely Barbara Ohlenforst and Yang Wang, were trained at the VU and seconded to Eriksholm Research Centre, where we provided them with specialized training.