3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare

Research Article

A fitting method for headphones to compensate individual hearing impairments

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  • @INPROCEEDINGS{10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.5991,
        author={Hannah Baumgartner and Arne Schulz and Andreas Hein and Inga Holube and Tobias Herzke},
        title={A fitting method for headphones to compensate individual hearing impairments},
        proceedings={3d International ICST Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare},
        proceedings_a={PERVASIVEHEALTH},
        year={2009},
        month={8},
        keywords={Auditory system Deafness Dynamic range Frequency Headphones Hearing aids Information technology Signal design Signal processing algorithms TV},
        doi={10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.5991}
    }
    
  • Hannah Baumgartner
    Arne Schulz
    Andreas Hein
    Inga Holube
    Tobias Herzke
    Year: 2009
    A fitting method for headphones to compensate individual hearing impairments
    PERVASIVEHEALTH
    ICST
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.PERVASIVEHEALTH2009.5991
Hannah Baumgartner1,*, Arne Schulz1,*, Andreas Hein1,*, Inga Holube2,*, Tobias Herzke3,*
  • 1: OFFIS - Institute for Information Technology, 26121 Oldenburg, Germany
  • 2: Fachhochschule OOW, 26121 Oldenburg, Germany
  • 3: HoerTech GmbH, 26129 Oldenburg, Germany
*Contact email: hannah.baumgartner@offis.de, arne.schulz@offis.de, andreas.hein@offis.de, inga.holube@fh-oow.de, t.herzke@hoertech.de

Abstract

Sensorineural hearing loss often results in altered loudness perception and a smaller perceivable dynamic range. To compensate sensorineural hearing loss it is necessary to fit an individual compressive gain. Fitting of hearing aids is usually done by professionals together with the hearing aid user. To give the users of TV-headsets the possibility to adjust not only the volume of the acoustic signal but also the dynamics, three different versions of interactive self-fitting systems were designed and evaluated. The user tests were performed with 11 subjects with mild to moderate hearing loss. The results were evaluated with regard to benefit in quailty, loudness perception and speech intelligibility.