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Dual electric-acoustic speech processor with linguistic assessment tools for deaf individuals with residual low frequency hearing

Objective

Scientific and technological background. To date, individuals with sensorineural hearing loss may benefit from either acoustic stimulation (classical hearing aids) or electric stimulation (cochlear implants). Classical hearing aids are best suited to amplify low frequencies and as such, provide important information for the perception of music and sounds in background noise, but do not support high levels of speech understanding. Cochlear implants, on the other hand, by stimulating the middle and high frequencies, enable many profoundly deaf patients to reach high levels of speech intelligibility, but are inadequate for the perception of music. Main objectives of the proposed project: (i) to optimise deaf patients’ hearing experience by developing a new hearing device which combines both types of stimulation in the same ear; (ii) to develop a test battery for prosody reception, i.e. the perception of language rhythm and melody; and (iii) to use this new prosody test battery as a quality measure for the current generation of cochlear implants and classical hearing aids, as well as for the newly developed hybrid electric-acoustic prototype.

Field of science

  • /humanities/languages and literature/linguistics/phonetics
  • /medical and health sciences/health sciences/infectious disease/RNA virus/hiv
  • /medical and health sciences/medical biotechnology/medical bioproducts/implants

Call for proposal

FP7-SME-2007-1
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Funding Scheme

BSG-SME - Research for SMEs

Coordinator

OTOCONSULT NV
Address
Herentalsebaan 71
2100 Antwerpen
Belgium
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
EU contribution
€ 356 787
Administrative Contact
Paul Govaerts (Dr.)

Participants (8)

NEURELEC SA
France
EU contribution
€ 355 423
Address
Chemin Saint Bernard 2720
06220 Vallauris
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Cédric Briand (Mr.)
DEL BO TECNOLOGIA PER L ASCOLTO SRL
Italy
EU contribution
€ 150 669
Address
Via Crispi 13
14100 Asti
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
Administrative Contact
Luca Del Bo (Mr.)
UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN
Belgium
EU contribution
€ 30 000
Address
Prinsstraat 13
2000 Antwerpen
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anne Adams (Ms.)
UNIVERSITEIT LEIDEN
Netherlands
Address
Rapenburg 70
2311 EZ Leiden
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Geert Booij (Prof.)
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
France
Address
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Activity type
Research Organisations
Administrative Contact
A A
UNIVERSITE PARIS 13
France
Address
Avenue Jean-baptiste Clement 99
93430 Villetaneuse
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Bruno Frachet (Prof.)
UNIVERSITA CA' FOSCARI VENEZIA
Italy
Address
Dorsoduro 3246
30123 Venezia
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Anna Cardinaletti (Prof.)
UNIVERSITATEA DIN BUCURESTI
Romania
Address
Soseaua Panduri 90
050663 Bucuresti
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Administrative Contact
Larisa Avram (Prof.)