Dorothea Wendt

Scientist, PostDoc

The EU-funded HEAR-ECO project, started December 2017, aims at developing new outcome measures and evaluate hearing aids under realistic listening conditions.
The H2020 EC Marie-Curie project ‘Innovative Hearing Aid Research – Ecological Conditions and Outcome Measures’ (HEAR-ECO765329) is an initial training network with the overall goal of training six early stage researchers in multidisciplinary perspectives on hearing-aid technology.
HEAR-ECO is combining different disciplines, such as motivational psychology, social psychology, audiology and psychopysiology & hearing aid technology. The project aim is to develop and combine new tools and outcome measures to investigate speech communication and, furthermore, to evaluate hearing aid under ecological listening conditions. ‘Ecological’ meaning listening conditions close to real-life listening conditions.

Ecologically valid listening tests

More specifically, the objective is to develop more ecologically valid listening tests taking realistic acoustic scenarios and social consequences of failure into account. Hence, the impact of task demands, motivation, and fatigue on the listening effort will be studied within the project using physiological measures of listening effort such as pupillometry, pre-ejection period (PEP), and electroencephalogram (EEG). The long-term perspective is to evaluate the effect of hearing devices and their characteristics on those biomarkers of effort in ecological valid listening situations.

The HEAR-ECO consortium consists of the beneficiaries VU University medical center, University of Nottingham – Scottish Section, Eriksholm Research Center of Oticon and associated partner Liverpool John Moores University.

Read more about the project and project members here:

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    This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 765329.