In this part of the HearCom project, we look at the communication skills of people. To asses those skills, a number of tests are proposed, developed, and made available. Our interest lies in two types of tests: fast and reliable screening tests that can be used at home, and more thorough tests for professionals that produce a complete overview of a persons hearing and communication abilities.
Development and evaluation of speech communication tests to be used for:
self-screening of auditory impairment by means of the Internet and telephone network
audiological diagnostics by health professionals in a uniform way across different European languages
testing individual auditory capabilities in various adverse acoustic situations (including noise and reverberation) and assessing the utility of hearing instruments
Definition, development and standardisation within Europe of a concise set of audiological tests that will evaluate hearing performance under a large variety of acoustical conditions and that will result in a personal audiological profile.
Definition and evaluation of tests of spatial hearing which is relevant for 3D listening and localization in daily life.
Implementation and demonstration of the audiological tests on a common, standardized audiological workstation to be used by experts across Europe.