Listening Experiments

  A test person carries out a hearing test Copyright: © ITA Listening Experiment

How does hearing actually work? Everyone knows how difficult it can be to communicate with other people in unfavourable situations. Especially in noisy environments or if you or the person you are talking to has a hearing disorder.

For this purpose, at the Institute for Hearing Technology and Acoustics at RWTH Aachen University, we conduct listening experiments more frequently and look for different test subjects - normal hearing and hearing impaired.


What is a listening experiment?

A test person performs a hearing test in a school lesson scene Copyright: © ITA Listening Experiment in a classroom scene

A listening experiment serves to better understand human hearing and the influences of different electronic systems on it. This could be, for example, the investigation of new principles in the development of hearing aids or the influences of acoustically virtual worlds.

A hearing experiment can be designed in different ways. For example, different hearing impressions can be presented to you and you give us feedback about your perception. Or we can give you a task to solve under different hearing influences.

The duration of a hearing experiment can range from 1 hour to 2 hours.


How can I participate?

If you are interested in taking part in our listening experiments as a test person, you are welcome to contact us or register in the database for people interested in listening experiments using the following form (please note that the form is only available in German).

If we carry out a listening experiment in which your profile is suitable as a test person, we will contact you and inform you about the details of the listening experiment. You will receive information about the duration and the exact procedure as well as the design of the experiment. Then you can decide whether you want to participate or not.

You can also let us know at any time if you no longer wish to participate in listening experiments and that your data should be deleted from the database. We will then no longer contact you regarding listening experiments.


What is your benefit?

We can explain the basics to hearing and hearing loss to you and provide you with impressions of current hearing research. Some hearing experiments also include a small financial compensation or a voucher.

Please note, however, that we cannot make individual diagnoses, nor can we help with the fitting and use of hearing aids.

For some hearing tests, a hearing test is performed, the results of which we will be happy to give you. However, these are not guaranteed as we are not trained medical personnel.

Registration form for people interested in listening tests



Janina Fels



+49 241 80 97912