Engineering tactile signals to aid hearing in noisy background
Tobias Reichenbach (Bioengineering)
Etienne Burdet (Bioengineering)
Humans excel in understanding speech even when background noise is present, and our ability to do so surpasses current speech-recognition technology. However, people with hearing impairment have major difficulties in understanding speech in noise even when using hearing aids. This project will explore a radically novel way, multisensing, to improve speech-in-noise perception for the hearing impaired. We will develop tactile signals that will be designed to enhance the neural coding of key aspects of speech. This will employ a combination of state-of-the art tactile stimulation, spiking neural networks for speech processing, computational neuroimaging and behavioural experiments.