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Hearing4all Symposium

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The Future of Hearing

On 6th and 7th November 2014, the Cluster of Excellence Hearing4all hosts the third international symposium „The Future of Hearing“ in Oldenburg. Highly renowned international speakers from USA, Australia, and Belgium, as well as the cluster’s very own Task Groups present and discuss the state of the art in hearing research. Hot topics are diagnostics of hearing disorders, the future of hearing aids and cochlear implant technology, and development of assistive devices.

Hearing research team wins 2012 German Future Prize (Deutscher Zukunftspreis)

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Oldenburg. The hearing research team lead by the Oldenburg physicist and doctor Prof. Dr. Dr. Birger Kollmeier wins the 2012 German Future Prize (Deutscher Zukunftspreis) At a gala event his evening, broadcast by ZDF, Federal President Joachim Gauck presented the award to Professor Kollmeier, Prof. Dr. Volker Hohmann (both from the University of Oldenburg, "Hearing4all" Cluster of Excellence) and Dr. Torsten Niederdränk (Siemens AG).

Investigator Edgar Auris conducts further research at the Auditory Valley

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Immediately before the decision was made about the winner of the German Future Prize on 28th November, the Auditory Valley released a new episode of the free audio series about the investigative duo Edgar Auris and Udo Jörgensen. Their second case involves the so-called Huggins pitch, an acoustic phenomenon in which binaural hearing plays a major role.

Why do humans have two ears? A podcast series about the nomination for the 2012 German Future Prize

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Each of the three audio plays involves a mysterious case, which the investigator Edgar Auris has to solve with the help of experts at Auditory Valley.
Listeners will only be able to experience the different effects of binaural hearing in the audio play by listening to the podcast with headphones. "The so-called dummy head recording technique gives listeners the feeling that they are part of the story," explains Prof. Dr. Dr. Birger Kollmeier, highlighting what makes the audio play special. "We want to show how important binaural hearing is for human communication."