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HEARCOM

Project ID: 004171
Financé au titre de

Hearing in the Communication Society

De 2004-09-01 à 2009-05-31, projet clôturé | HEARCOM Site web

Détails concernant le projet

Coût total:

EUR 9 065 064

Contribution de l'UE:

EUR 7 500 000

Coordonné à/au(x)/en:

Netherlands

Appel à propositions:

FP6-2003-IST-2See other projects for this call

Régime de financement:

IP - Integrated Project

Description

Connecting people with impaired hearing

People with hearing problems are a lot closer to full participation in today’s communication society due to the efforts of an ongoing European research project.

The project team is developing new methods and techniques for situations in which acoustic interferences make it difficult to hear and to communicate. Their work is aimed not just at the hearing impaired but also the general public.

Launched in 2004 and scheduled to run until early 2009, HearCom has brought together a 30-strong partner consortium from 12 European countries, including universities, clinics, research institutes, user organisations and manufacturers in the fields of speech and hearing, telecommunications and the internet.

The partners have brought together resources to resolve the limitations of sound and speech communication caused by both hearing loss and poor environmental acoustic conditions, such as background noise and reverberation.

Testing and evaluation procedures

The researchers set out to identify and characterise the range of factors that make it difficult to hear and understand in everyday situations. From that research they developed standardised testing and evaluation procedures for use in several European languages.

Based on these diagnostic tests, they developed new rehabilitation and signal-enhancement techniques. The techniques compensate both for personal hearing disabilities and for general adverse background acoustical conditions that reduce the ability to hear.

These new techniques were used in the software and hardware that HearCom developed and include the use of wireless and fixed communications networks.

The internet plays a central role in the task of providing a common European platform for hearing professionals in the major European languages. The HearCom website provides information on hearing problems, and also demonstrates and promotes new procedures and methods for professionals.

The website structures knowledge and new developments in audiology and communication acoustics. The information is made available in separate sections, one designed for the general public, the other for professionals.

Novel body area network

One of the novel technologies that the project developed is the Wireless Body Area Network (WBAN). The WBAN includes a wireless personal communication link integrated into devices, which can be a hearing aid to a headphone, for example. A personal communication system (PCS) acts as a bridge to the outside world by phone, internet or to a public address system.

The concept of a PCS also includes the integration of a personal hearing system (PHS) into a normal mobile handset (PDA) to provide advanced audio signal processing. This concept will be used initially for hearing research to evaluate new signal processing. When the power of handheld devices is increased, the PHS can be introduced to provide clear and easy-to-understand speech for anyone.

The HearCom team is also developing an internet portal providing screening and hearing rehabilitation services for the general public and for hearing professionals. The portal will be launched as the project proceeds.

Test your own hearing

The internet services for the public include general information about hearing, hearing impairment, hearing devices, support on getting the best out of hearing devices, advice on listening strategies and information for family members of people with hearing problems.

The service also allows people to test their hearing in the privacy of their own homes. On the basis of the test, they can decide if they need to see a specialist for help.

Tools and information for professionals are available for diagnostic methods, rehabilitation procedures, developing algorithms for signal processing, website design, room acoustics and telecommunications.

Objectif

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, modelling, 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 organisations 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.

Informations connexes

Documents et Publications

Coordonnées du coordinateur

Marcel Vlaming, (Project Coordinator)
Tél.: +31 20 4440900
Fax: +31 20 4440983
E-mail

Coordinateur

VERENIGING VOOR CHRISTELIJK HOGER ONDERWIJS WETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK EN PATIENTENZORG
Netherlands

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 1 375 200


De Boelelaan 1105
1081 HV AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Marcellus SimonMaria Gemma Vlaming
Tél.: +31 20 444 0900
Fax: +31 20 4440983
E-mail

Participants

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Belgium

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 348 000


Oude Markt 13
3000 LEUVEN
Belgium
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Jan Wouters
Tél.: +32 16 33 23 42
Fax: +32 16 33 23 35
E-mail
NXP SEMICONDUCTORS BELGIUM NV
Belgium

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 116 000


INTERLEUVENLAAN 80
3001 LEUVEN
Belgium
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Johan Van Ginderdeuren
Tél.: +32 16 390643
Fax: +32 16 390608
E-mail
UNIVERSITAT ZURICH
Switzerland

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 150 000


RAMISTRASSE 71
8006 ZURICH
Switzerland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Stephan Schmid
Tél.: +41-1-255 59 00
Fax: +41-1-255 4164
E-mail
SIEMENS AUDIOLOGISCHE TECHNIK GMBH
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 60 000


Gebbertstrasse 125
91058 ERLANGEN
Germany
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Josef Chalupper
Tél.: +4991313083635
Fax: +4991313083406
CARL VON OSSIETZKY UNIVERSITAET OLDENBURG
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 390 000


AMMERLAENDER HEERSTRASSE 114-118
26111 OLDENBURG
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Birger Kollmeier
Tél.: +49 441 7985466
Fax: +49 441 7983902
E-mail
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITAET DRESDEN
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 134 300


HELMHOLTZSTRASSE 10
01069 DRESDEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Ute Jekosch
Tél.: 49 351-46334463
Fax: 49-351-46337091
E-mail
HOERZENTRUM OLDENBURG GMBH
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 195 000


Marie-Curie-Stra� 2
26129 Oldenburg
Germany
Contact administratif: Birgitta Gabriel
Tél.: +49 441 2172143
Fax: +49 441 2172150
E-mail
FRIEDRICH-ALEXANDER-UNIVERSITAET ERLANGEN NUERNBERG
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 144 000


SCHLOSSPLATZ 4
91054 ERLANGEN
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Walter Kellermann
Tél.: +49-91318527669
Fax: +49-91318528849
FRAUNHOFER GESELLSCHAFT ZUR FOERDERUNG DER ANGEWANDTEN FORSCHUNG E.V.
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 445 000


HANSASTRASSE 27C
80686 MUNCHEN
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Andrea Zeumann
Tél.: +49 89 1205 2723
Fax: +49 89 1205 7534
E-mail
RUHR-UNIVERSITAET BOCHUM
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 415 700


UNIVERSITAETSSTRASSE 150
44801 BOCHUM
Germany
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: RAINER MARTIN
Tél.: +49-234-3222495
Fax: +49-234-3214165
E-mail
OFFIS EV
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 125 000


ESCHERWEG 2
26121 OLDENBURG
Germany
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Jens-E. Appell
Tél.: 0049 4419722235
Fax: 0049 4419722282
HOERTECH GGMBH
Germany

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 396 000


Haus des H�rens, Marie-Curie-Strasse 2
26129 Oldenburg
Germany
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Thomas Wittkop
Tél.: +49 441 2172240
Fax: +49 441 2172250
E-mail
GN RESOUND A/S
Denmark

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 36 000


Markaervej 2A
2630 Taastrup
Denmark
Activity type: Other
Contact administratif: Bert de Vries
Tél.: +31 40 247 8328
Fax: +31 40 246 6712
E-mail
DANMARKS TEKNISKE UNIVERSITET
Denmark

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 162 000


ANKER ENGELUNDSVEJ 1 BYGNING 101 A
2800 KGS LYNGBY
Denmark
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Torben Poulsen
Tél.: +45 4525 3940
Fax: +45 4588 0577
E-mail
APIF MOVIQUITY S.A.
Spain

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 261 750


CALLE ISABEL DE COLBRAND 10 - EDIFICIO
28050 MADRID
Spain
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Jos�anuel Gil
Tél.: +34914319859
Fax: +34914312206
E-mail
NOKIA OYJ
Finland

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 58 000


KARAPORTTI 3
02610 ESPOO
Finland
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Ismo Peltonen
Tél.: +358503362911
Fax: +358718045252
E-mail
THALES COMMUNICATIONS & SECURITY SAS
France

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 180 500


AVENUE DES LOUVRESSES 4
92230 GENNEVILLIERS
France
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Gw� GUILMIN
Tél.: +33 1 46132835
Fax: +33 1 46132555
E-mail
INSTITUTE FOR LANGUAGE AND SPEECH PROCESSING - "ATHENA" RESEARCH CENTER
Greece

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 186 000


ARTEMIDOS 6 & EPIDAVROU
15125 MAROUSSI - ATHENS
Greece
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Aimilios Chalamandaris
Tél.: +302106875406
Fax: +302106854270
E-mail
NEDERLANDSE ORGANISATIE VOOR TOEGEPAST NATUURWETENSCHAPPELIJK ONDERZOEK TNO
Netherlands

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 213 750


ANNA VAN BUERENPLEIN 1
2595 DA DEN HAAG
Netherlands
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Rob Drullman
Tél.: +31 346 356 338
Fax: +31 346 353 977
E-mail
ERASMUS UNIVERSITAIR MEDISCH CENTRUM ROTTERDAM
Netherlands

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 270 000


S GRAVENDIJKWAL 230
3015 CE ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Johannis Verschuure
Tél.: +31 10 463 4586
Fax: +31 10 463 4240
E-mail
Academisch Medisch Centrum bij de Universiteit van Amsterdam
Fin de participation
Netherlands

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 0


MEIBERGDREEF 9
1105 AZ AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Contact administratif: Wouter A. Dreschler
Tél.: +31 20 566 3434
Fax: +31 566 9068
E-mail
Academisch Medisch Centrum bij de Universiteit van Amsterdam
Netherlands

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 360 000


MEIBERGDREEF 9
1105AZ AMSTERDAM
Netherlands
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
UNIWERSYTET IM. ADAMA MICKIEWICZA W POZNANIU
Poland

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 96 000


ul. Henryka Wieniawskiego 1
61712 POZNAN
Poland
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Edward Ozimek
Tél.: +48 61 8295133
Fax: +48 61 8295123
E-mail
KUNGLIGA TEKNISKA HOEGSKOLAN
Sweden

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 336 000


BRINELLVAGEN 8
100 44 STOCKHOLM
Sweden
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Arne Leijon
Tél.: +4687907556
Fax: +4687917654
E-mail
LINKOPINGS UNIVERSITET
Sweden

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 222 000


CAMPUS VALLA
581 83 LINKOPING
Sweden
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Birgitta Larsby
Tél.: +46 13 22 15 40
Fax: +46 13 12 51 42
E-mail
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE LONDON
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 192 000


GOWER STREET
WC1E 6BT LONDON
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Andrew Faulkner
Tél.: +44 207679 7408
Fax: +44 2073830752
E-mail
COCHLEAR EUROPE LIMITED
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 102 000


WEYBRIDGE BUSINESS PARK - ADDLESTONE ROAD 9
KT15 2 UF ADDLESTONE
United Kingdom
Activity type: Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Contact administratif: Ben Kloeck
Tél.: + 32 15 36 2837
Fax: + 32 15 36 2800
UNIVERSITY OF SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 180 000


Highfield
SO17 1BJ SOUTHAMPTON
United Kingdom
Activity type: Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contact administratif: Mark E Lutman
Tél.: +44 2380 592798
Fax: +44 2380 593190
E-mail
THE ROYAL NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR DEAF PEOPLE LBG
United Kingdom

Contribution de l'UE: EUR 349 800


FEATHERSTONE STREET
EC1Y 8SL LONDON
United Kingdom
Activity type: Research Organisations
Contact administratif: Brian Grover
Tél.: +44 2072968028
Fax: +44 2072968069
E-mail