Research Areas Hearing Technology and Acoustics


The research areas of the "Chair for Hearing Technology and Acoustics" deal with topics of acoustics in respect to human perception.

The goal of the "Chair for Hearing Technology and Acoustics" is to expand interdisciplinary research in the field of perception and processing of sound in complex acoustic environments for different listeners. These range from children to the elderly with and without auditory hearing and processing disorders. This research is directly related to social and cognitive aspects and communication and is therefore an important part of our daily lives.

In addition, the professorship focuses on the generation, propagation and mitigation of sound. In this context, measurement techniques and simulation technologies are developed to explore the physics of complex acoustic scenarios, but also for computer-aided generation of acoustic scenarios using acoustic virtual reality. Acoustic phenomena and processes are of interest when applied to machines and technical processes.

Univ.-Prof. Dr.-Ing. Janina Fels is currently the spokesperson and coordinator of the priority program SPP2236 - AUDICTIVE: Auditory Cognition in interactive virtual Environments funded by the German Research Foundation (DFG). More information can be found on:

Our main fields of research are:

Audio-visual Interaction
Multi-sensory integration; auditory, visual and audio-visual perception of stimuli in complex environments; plausibility of sound reproduction systems in combination with visual objects; cognitive audio-visual processing

Auditory Scene Analsysis
Hearing, localizing and attention in complex acoustic environments.

Binaural Technology
Binaural hearing, spatial hearing, 3D audio, the individualization of HRTFs and individual HRTFs, artificial heads for children, artificial head technology, binaural reception and reproduction processes

Hearing Technology in Biomedical Engineering
Audiological and Medical Acoustics, Development of ear simulators/acoustic couplers and procedures for hearing aid technology

Noise Research
Analysis of noise and noise effects on humans

Sound Quality, Sound Design, (binaural) perception and rating of physical-acoustic stimuli perception and if applicable in complex environments; Noise analysis and perception: (binaural) loudness, sharpness, roughness and tonality.