Noise, reverberation and hearing loss can significantly hamper our speech communication. Despite a long history of research on speech intelligibility and the development of various models for predicting human speech recognition, the underlying functional mechanisms are not yet fully understood. This project aims to better understand how we perceive speech in complex listening conditions and especially how we combine information across the two ears. Several auditory experiments will be conducted with normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners to extend the existing knowledge on what creates effortful listening, and to lay the foundation for improved prediction models and applications in, e.g., hearing aids and communication systems.
The KT Boost Fund will be a significant contribution to my professional future. Just coming back from a fascinating post-doc year in Boston, I have started building a solid base and international network for a scientific career. The support will create the necessary freedom – both in terms of resources and time – to continue working on basic research projects with high potential for publications while, at the same time, carrying on the development of my group at Fraunhofer IDMT. In particular, I will be able to foster international research collaborations, to strengthen my publication record to eventually fulfil the formal requirements of a habilitation, and to significantly increase my visibility both on a national and international level.
... would spend more time on the many things that have to be balanced out in the every-day routines. First and foremost, I would involve more into the developing hobbies of my two daughters (3 and 7 years), who start going to football classes and begin other activities – fascinating times! I might even resume my activities as youth coach. And then there would be reading, traveling, restarting my tennis and badminton activities - if only there was more time …
Name: Dr. Jan Rennies-Hochmuth
Research field: Speech perception in normal-hearing and hearing-impaired listeners
Institution: Fraunhofer-Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT / Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology, Oldenburg, Germany