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Music perception and hearing devices

Research Areas

Until recently, hearing loss has been a blind spot on the map of music perception research. We aim to provide an empirical groundwork that allows for an optimization of hearing aids to music. This involves research on a host of questions: How is music listening affected by hearing loss? Hearing devices are currently optimized for speech-how can we improve music listening with hearing aids and cochlear implants? Can we develop audio-tactile interfaces to enhance music listening?

Relevant publications:

  • Benjamin, A. J. and Siedenburg, K. (2023). Exploring level-and spectrum- based music mixing transforms for hearing-impaired listeners. The Journal of the Acoustical Society of America, 154(2):1048–1061.
  • Siedenburg, K., Bürgel, M., Özgür, E., Scheicht, C., and Töpken, S. (2024). Vibrotactile enhancement of musical engagement. Scientific Reports, 14(1):7764,–024–57961–8.
  • Siedenburg, K., R ̈ottges, S., Wagener, K., and Hohmann, V. (2020). Can you hear out the melody? testing musical scene perception in young normal-hearing and older hearing- impaired listeners. Trends in Hearing, 24:1–15,