Danish Science Festival: Eriksholm demonstrated hearing research to the public

Third year in a row, Eriksholm Research Centre gave the public a peek behind the curtains as part of the Danish Science Festival.


”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.

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    Carina Graversen explains how EEG signals can be used to understand a listener attends.

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    The guests get their hearing tested.

An opportunity to meet the people we work for

The Danish Science Festival is a national initiative held every year to put focus on science and research. This year, Eriksholm participated for the third time.
The aim of the Danish Science Festival is to engage the public in research, celebrate curiosity, and establish a meeting point between researchers and the public. This meeting point seemed to be rewarding for both guests and employees in the halls of Eriksholm last Thursday.

“I see the Danish Science Festival as a great opportunity for us to be reminded about whom we are really here for, namely the people who are eventually going to benefit from our daily work,” Bo Westergård says.

The Ministry of Higher Education and Science is the primary organizer of the whole festival, and it is comprised by about 700 events around the country.

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