ISAAR 2019 Auditory Learning in Biological and Artificial Systems

Wednesday 18 Sep 19

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Abigail Anne Kressner
Assistant Professor
DTU Health Tech

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Sébastien Santurette
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Torsten Dau
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Nearly two hundred professional researchers, scientists, and PhD students from all over the world travelled to Nyborg, Denmark in order to participate in the seventh International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research. This year’s theme was “Auditory Learning in Biological and Artificial Systems.”

On August 21-23, nearly two hundred professional researchers, scientists, and PhD students from all over the world travelled to Nyborg, Denmark in order to participate in the seventh International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research. This year marked the 50-year anniversary of the symposium, which started as the Danavox Symposium in 1969, initially with Danish participants and then later growing into an international symposium with a scientific board to organize the conference, supported by GN Hearing. This year’s theme was “Auditory Learning in Biological and Artificial Systems.”

Scientists in neuroscience, audiology, psychology, doctors and professionals from the hearing industry met to give lectures, discuss posters and talk about the topics that the organizers from Hearing Systems and the board members had prepared.
Similar to earlier Danavox Symposia, ISAAR focuses on a few major topics of broad interest and highlights current activities in the different disciplines. The concept is to consider the year’s theme from different physiological concepts, perceptual measures and models, as well as contributed talks and posters.

Tobias May from the Hearing Systems Section, DTU, gave a talk titled
“Scene-aware dynamic range compression in hearing aids”.

 
The symposium was divided into four sessions: “Auditory precision medicine”, “Learning from natural sounds”, “Machine learning and intelligent auditory signal processing” and “Novel directions in hearing-instrument technology”.

All in all there was a very good atmosphere and engagement in the conference and many people expressed their positive impression of the symposium.

After each oral presentation  there was also the opportunity to ask questions to the scientists.
In the afternoon  there was also a chance to study each other's research during the poster sessions.

 

 

" I like that it’s a good mixture of people from hearing research, industry and academia," said Jörg Henrik Bach Head of R & D, Hörtech gGmbH, Oldenburg (rightmost).
It was first time that Jörg Henrik Bach, Head of R & D, Hörtech gGmbH (Oldenburg, Germany) participated in ISAAR:  “I like that it’s a good mixture of people from hearing research, industry and academia. It’s a single-track and space-limited conference, so you can hear very well. You can listen to every talk; you can talk to everybody if you want. It’s very great,” he said.


Mark Laureyns, International Manager of the Center for Research & Studies, Amplifon Belgium, has attended ISAAR several times before:  “I think the most exciting thing is that you meet researchers from all over the world; meeting people that really focus on the importance of hearing, and how to improve people’s functionality: hearing and balance, functioning better and how we can develop better hearing aids. In the beginning, the Danavox Symposium was more practical oriented; how you do daily practice. Now ISAAR is more oriented towards research. However, a lot of people standing in practice are still here, and that is really what I enjoy about this conference,” he expressed.


 

Torben Poulsen, Ture Andersen and Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard have all been part of ISAAR as board members for several years.

Torben Poulsen, Ture Andersen and Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard have all been scientific board members for a long time. They found especially Jeffrey Holt’s talk about function, dysfunction and restoration of hair cell transduction channels very fascinating.

”This is actually the first time I have heard about something that works at this area. It’s amazing if it is going to be possible to restore those hair cells and treat hearing loss that way,” Ture Andersen said. ”It was interesting seeing how to adjust the transduction in his lecture,” agreed Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard. “There have been many interesting inputs. It has been a good meeting this time. It always is, of course, but especially this year," Jakob Christensen-Dalsgaard concluded, with a smile. 

Photos: Miguel Angel Aranda, GN Hearing
Graphic design: Helene Ingerslev Wetdog Design
A special thanks to Andrew King, Hearing Systems

More info and full programme of presenters and posters here


ISAAR
International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research, formerly known as Danavox Symposium was founded in 1968. The very first Symposium took place in 1969 and has katen place every second year. In 2007 the first international symposium took place and the name changed from Danavox to International Symposium on Auditory and Audiological Research. The symposium is organized by the Danavox Jubilee Foundation and supported by GN Hearing. The foundation is managed by a board of scientific specialists within hearing research, independent of GN Hearing.
Read more and see all abstracts and conference proceedings on
www.isaar.eu.
The next ISAAR Symposium will be held in 2021 on August 25-28 at Hotel Nyborg Strand, Denmark; the topic is still open.