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Hearing in the Communication Society

Principal researcher

Name: VLAMING, MARCELLUS SIMON MARIA GEMMA

Contact details: VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS, WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG, ENT COMMUNICATION, DE BOELELAAN 1117, 1007 MB AMSTERDAM, NETHERLANDS
Tel: +31-20-4440900 
Fax: +31-20-4440983

Website: www.hearcom.org

Project details

Start date: 09/2004
End date: 05/2009

Description: Our society is strongly and increasingly communication-oriented. Focusing on sound and speech, many people experience severe limitations in their activities, caused either by hearing loss or by poor environmental conditions. In most cases these conditions only just meet the needs for adult native-language, and normal hearing people, but fall short for vulnerable groups like elderly, hard of hearing, young children, and second-language users. 

The HEARCOM project aims at full participation in the modern communication society by reducing the limitations in auditory communication. The focus of HEARCOM is on: 
- The identification and characterization of auditory communication limitations 
- The identification, modeling, and evaluation of ambient conditions that limit auditive communication in everyday situations 
- The development of standardized testing and evaluation procedures for hearing impaired persons. 
- The development of rehabilitation and signal enhancement techniques that compensate adverse ambient conditions and personal disabilities 
- The development of innovative assistive personal communication technology based on wireless communication links and assistive applications integrated in mainstream technologies 
- The development of Internet services that assist individuals and professionals in the improvement and compensation of communication problems. The consortium consists of universities, clinics, research institutes, user organizations and manufacturers in the field of speech and hearing, telecommunications, and Internet. 

The project will relate to the mechanisms that influence communication problems as well as the development of methods for screening, rehabilitation, and evaluation. These methods are developed for major European language areas with the goal to create a common European approach. Internet services will play a central role in providing information, procedures, and methods such that everybody can participate in the communication society.

Other organisations involved in this project

COCHLEAR EUROPE LIMITED
FRAUNHOFER-GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V
ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR DEAF PEOPLE 
RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
ACADEMISCH MEDISCH CENTRUM BIJ DE UNIVERSITEIT VAN AMSTERDAM
HOERZENTRUM OLDENBURG GMBH
GN RESOUND A/S
SIEMENS AUDIOLOGISCHE TECHNIK GMBH
HOERTECH GGMBH
ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM
APIF MOVIQUITY S.A.
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN - NUERNBERG
OFFIS E.V.
INSTITUTE FOR LANGUAGE AND SPEECH PROCESSING - "ATHENA" RESEARCH CENTER
UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
NOKIA OYJ
CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG
KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
THALES COMMUNICATIONS S.A.
UNIVERSITAET ZUERICH
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST-NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
NXP SEMICONDUCTORS BELGIUM NV
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON

Last updated: 28/04/2010