Metrology for modern hearing assessment and protecting public health from emerging noise sources

Short Name: Ears II, Project Number: 15HLT03
Pediatrician Doing Ear Exam of Little Girl Patient

An innovative device and new measurement methods which has ensured more accurate diagnosis and treatment of hearing conditions.

Hearing loss is an important public health concern with substantial economic costs, estimated at over €200 billion a year, and social consequences. Two key measures which can be implemented to manage this problem are effective hearing screening programmes and the prevention of excessive noise exposure, both of which must be underpinned by robust measurements. This project used results from EMRP project HLT01 Ears to further develop and validate the innovative universal ear simulator concept in readiness for clinical practice. The device, used to calibrate hearing test equipment used in screening programmes, is designed to best represent the ears of the person being tested and will ensure more accurate diagnoses and treatment. New noise measurement methods were also developed to determine the impact of non-audible sound on hearing, mental health, cognitive abilities and general wellbeing. Achieving these objectives is a crucial contribution towards effective hearing assessment and protection for Europe’s citizens.

Project website
On the Effectiveness of airborne infrasound in eliciting vestibular-evoked myogenic responses

Journal of Low Frequency Noise, Vibration and Active Control

Public exposure to ultrasound and very high-frequency sound in air

The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America

Amplitude Modulation May Be Confused with Infrasound

Acta Acustica united with Acustica

Other Participants
Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (Germany)
Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung (Germany)
Universitaetsklinikum Hamburg-Eppendorf (Germany)
University College London (United Kingdom)
University of Southampton (United Kingdom)
Univerza v Ljubljani (Slovenia)