Augmented reality model of human hearing

Marina Kliuchko

The number of people with disabling hearing loss has been steadily growing over the past decades, and, unless counteractive measures are taken, the World Health Organization (WHO) estimates it may reach 900 million people worldwide by 2050. Raising awareness of the general population about the causes and consequences of hearing loss is one of the most crucial factors in the successful mitigation of this trend. Over years of research, we have advanced our knowledge of the mechanisms of hearing loss and the ways it affects listeners on physiological and personal levels. However, this information is not easily accessible to the general public. To bridge this gap, this project aims at gathering up-to-date scientific knowledge about human hearing and creating effective means of further communicating this knowledge to a wide audience in an engaging, uncomplicated, and interactive manner. This will be achieved by building an augmented reality model that will become an effective and available educational tool for laymen, patients, and health professionals alike. The model will allow one to navigate through the human hearing system between the ear and the brain, and explore its complex function both visually and acoustically. The general purpose of the model is to educate about the causes of hearing impairments and their consequences for ones perceptual experiences, as well as physical and social well-being. This will help to disseminate awareness of hearing loss risks and promote actions one can take to preserve their hearing.

This project is funded by the William Demant Foundation

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Marina Kliuchko
Postdoc
DTU Health Tech