NIDCD Open Speech Signal Processing Interest Group Meeting

Time: 1:30 – 3:30, Thursday, August 11

Location: Main meeting room

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) had two recent requests for applications (RFAs) to develop portable signal processing tools that provide substantial computing power for real-time processing of the acoustic environment. These research tools will incorporate open-source design principles to enable basic and clinical research studies beyond what is widely done today, lower barriers for hardware and software development, and facilitate translation of these advances into widespread use with hearing aids, cochlear implants, and consumer electronics devices.

PIs funded under the RFAs will highlight the major components of the resources they plan to develop and share. This will include a brief description of the hardware, noting the processor, computational power, and unique strengths of that choice. Software development plans, noting source code language and a rough sketch of the signal processing chain, will be presented along with a description of the first resources to be released and when they might become available. Substantial time will be allotted for an open discussion with the audience to highlight areas of common interest and research needs.

IHCON Announcements

IHCON seeks to foster interactions and discussions between audiologists, scientists and engineers. One of IHCON’s goals is to bridge the gap between developments in hearing aid design and the scientific and clinical evaluations of those developments. IHCON 2016 will usher in a new theme. Welcome to the next big change in amplification systems and delivery models. This year’s emphasis will be on what is new and changing in several areas:

  • New, Emerging, and Evolving Technologies
    • Ecologically valid test procedures
    • Model-driven and neural-driven fitting procedures
    • User-driven interfaces and Apps
    • Hearables
    • Bilateral strategies for noise reduction
    • Preservation of spatial cues
    • Auditory scene analysis
    • Tinnitus devices
  • Understanding Individual Differences
    • Hidden hearing loss
    • Relationships between pathology and function
    • Level effects
    • Cognitive effects
  • New Approaches to Outcome Measures
    • Neural plasticity
    • Cognitive resource demands, working memory
    • Listening effort and fatigue
    • Simulated listening environments
  • Changing Health Care Delivery Systems
    • Internet and telepractice
    • Self-fitting devices
    • Incorporating and evaluating PSAPs
    • Access to hearing health care, options
  • Rehabilitation
    • Patient-centered care
    • Tele-rehabilitation
    • Customized rehabilitation
  • Pediatric Amplification
    • Pediatric fittings
    • Early identification
    • New technologies
    • Bimodal fittings
    • Hearing in noise

We therefore encourage submissions that deal with one of our special emphasis topics listed above as well as our traditional topics in engineering research in areas such as signal processing, algorithm development, hearing aid acoustics, and mechanical design.