Interacson: an Immersive Auditory Platform for Awareness on Noise-Induced Hearing Risks

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Keywords:

Hearing Loss, Hearing loss prevention, Hearing conservation program, Education, Public health

Abstract

The Audio Research Platform developed by the ÉTS-EERS Industrial Research Chair in In-Ear technologies is a digital audio processing wearable device that features a powerful Digital Signal Processor and a pair of wired earplugs featuring outer- and inner-ear microphones as well as miniatrurize loudspeaker. ARP has been used since over the last 2 decades by CRITIAS to develop new algorithms for advanced hearing protection and communication in noise, as well as in-ear audio sensing. In this adaptation, the ARP enables transparent hearing of ambient sounds, simulates varying degrees of hearing loss, and includes a tinnitus simulator. ARP also functions as a personal music player, monitoring playback levels and displaying the "Age of your ears") a metric recently proposed by CRITIAS), predicting accelerated auditory aging from excessive music playback. This paper details ARP's technical aspects, positioning it as a powerful tool to inform the public about noise-induced hearing loss and promote awareness and prevention through enjoyable real-time demonstrations.

Published

2024-05-12

How to Cite

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Pinsonnault A, Boursehal R, Pintat V, Voix J. Interacson: an Immersive Auditory Platform for Awareness on Noise-Induced Hearing Risks. Canadian Acoustics [Internet]. 2024 May 12 [cited 2024 May 21];52(1). Available from: https://jcaa.caa-aca.ca/index.php/jcaa/article/view/4172

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