EFAS is partner in the European Research Project HearCom (Hearing in the
Communication Society) which collects and provides information about hearing
screening, diagnosis and rehabilitation across Europe.
Our society is strongly and increasingly communication-oriented. As much of
this focuses on sound and speech, many people experience severe limitations
in their activities, caused either by a hearing loss or by poor
environmental conditions. The HearCom project aims at reducing these
limitations in auditory communication.
The project consortium integrates the European high-level expertise on
audiology, acoustics, speech technology, and ICT. The program has
established a website to support this work, which is for members of the
public, the professional caregiver and the engineering community shaping our
products and environment.
HearCom attempts to structure the available knowledge of experts in
audiology and communication acoustics, acquires new knowledge, and makes the
knowledge accessible to various groups of people. The results will be
disseminated in the form of models, software tools and demonstrations via
For instance, telephone and the Internet are being used to offer individuals
the opportunity to learn about their own hearing ability, to test their own
hearing (tele-screening), and to listen through simulated hearing devices.
The professional audiologist can consult databases and demonstration
programmes on standardised tests, and on the effectiveness of signal
processing strategies. Professional acousticians and engineers are provided
with models, software tools, and demonstrations to estimate the value of
their acoustical design in terms of communication quality.
Please visit the HearCom website http://hearcom.eu to see detailed information about the project.