About us

Our group, “Hearing Systems,” is concerned with speech communication, auditory signal processing and perception, audiology, objective measures of the auditory function and hearing-instrument signal processing.

Currently, our group consists of 45 academic staff members including 22 PhD students and 9 postdocs and senior researchers. Furthermore, our group consists of a coordinator, a journalist, an audiologist and two technicians.

Our research is concerned with auditory signal processing and perception, speech communication,  audiology, objective measures of the auditory function, computational models of hearing, hearing instrument signal processing and multi-sensory perception. Our goal is to increase our understanding of the human auditory system and to provide insights that are useful for technical and clinical applications, such as speech recognition systems, hearing aids, cochlear implants as well as hearing diagnostics tools. Each faculty in our section leads a research group representing the areas of ‘Speech signal processing and hearing technology’ (Assoc. Prof. Tobias May), ‘Cognitive neuroscience’ (Senior Researcher Jens Hjortkjær), ‘Auditory physics and physiological acoustics’ (Assoc. Prof. Bastian Epp), ‘Musical acoustics and cochlear implant technology’ (Assoc. Prof. Jeremy Marozeau), ‘Clinical and technical audiology’ (Assist. Prof. Abigail Kressner) and ‘Computational auditory modelling and systems neuroscience’ (Prof. Torsten Dau). Beyond our research, we strongly contribute to the education of engineers at bachelor, master and PhD levels, with major focus on the international MSc program in ‘Engineering acoustics’.
Part of our research is carried out at the Centre for Applied Hearing Research (CAHR) through a formal Research Consortium Agreement between the Danish hearing aid industry and DTU. Furthermore, more basic hearing research on auditory cognitive neuroscience, with emphasis on functional imaging, audio-visual integration and computational modelling, is conducted in our Centre of Excellence for Hearing and Speech Sciences (CHeSS) which has facilitated collaboration with the Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance. In parallel, we have been involved in several EU supported international research networks on hearing science and technology, the Danish large-scale project on ‘Better Hearing Rehabilitation in Denmark’ (BEAR) as well as the international synergy project on ‘Uncovering hidden hearing loss’. We also have a research unit at the new Copenhagen Hearing and Balance Centre (CHBC) located at Rigshospitalet which enables us to closely interact and collaborate with the clinical audiologists and ENT scientists.

We have exciting lab facilities, including our Audiovisual Immersion Lab (AVIL), a Physiology Lab, a Psychoacoustics Lab, and a Communication Lab. The tools and facilities used for research and teaching include acoustically and electrically shielded testing booths, anechoic chambers, EEG and functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS) recording systems, an otoacoustic emission recording system, an audiological clinic, a virtual auditory environment, an eye-tracking system and a real-time hearing-aid signal processing research platform.

Hearing Systems HEA-Newsletter-13-September-2020