Dr. Jan Rennies-Hochmuth has been awarded a grant from the “Klaus Tschira Boost Fund” for his outstanding research. He is working on the development of personalized hearing systems for improved speech communication at the Hearing, Speech and Audio Technology Division (HSA) of the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg.
Together with the German Scholars Organization e.V., the Klaus Tschira Foundation provides support for the next generation of academics. Fraunhofer IDMT-HSA is a partner in the “Hearing4all” Cluster of Excellence.
Better hearing, for everyone, everywhere: Dr. Jan Rennies-Hochmuth, hearing researcher and Head of Group at the Fraunhofer IDMT in Oldenburg, receives a grant from the Klaus Tschira Boost Fund.
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"Better hearing for everyone" – it was with this idea that Dr. Jan Rennies-Hochmuth successfully convinced the committee of the Klaus Tschira (KT) Boost Funds. Along with eleven other early career researchers, Rennies-Hochmuth will now receive financial support from the KT Boost Fund and professional assistance through exchange with an extensive network of experts. The starting point for the work performed by the hearing researcher and Head of Group at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology IDMT in Oldenburg is where human speech communication is hampered by noise, reverberation and hearing loss.
Despite many years' research in the field of speech intelligibility, knowledge gaps still exist regarding how human hearing functions in complex listening situations and how disturbing factors restrict communication. The respective development of models for predicting human speech intelligibility is not yet fully explored either. With the support of the Klaus Tschira Boost Fund, Rennies-Hochmuth will now devote himself to examining these topics in greater depth.
"The KT Boost Fund creates the necessary freedom, both financially and in terms of time, to continue work on basic research projects with high publication potential and at the same time further the development of my group at the Fraunhofer IDMT. In particular, I will be in a position to foster international research partnerships – something I’m really looking forward to," said Rennies-Hochmuth.
His research work aims to understand better how speech is perceived in complex listening conditions and above all how information is combined across both ears. In order to find out more about the key factors for individual understanding of speech and perceived hearing effort, several experiments will be conducted with test persons with normal or impaired hearing. "Our findings are intended to form the basis for improved prediction models and applications – for example in hearing aids and communication systems," explains Rennies-Hochmuth.
MEDICA-tradefair.com; Source: Fraunhofer-Institut für Digitale Medientechnologie IDMT