BEARS (Both Ears) – Virtual Reality Training to Improve Binaural Hearing in Children with Bilateral Cochlear Implants

We have designed and are trialling Virtual Reality games to help children with bilateral cochlear implants hear better.

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Investigating the Efficacy of the Automatic Classifier AutoSense Sky OS for Children with Cochlear Implants in a Virtual Reality Classroom and other Complex Acoustic Environments

A new listening test in a virtual reality classroom measured speech intelligibility from the front and sound detection from other directions to evaluate the efficacy of automatically switching to directional microphone mode by AutoSense Sky OS in children with cochlear implants.

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Evaluation of a new VR-based hearing device fine-tuning procedure

A new virtual reality-based fine-tuning procedure has been developed for hearing devices, which has the potential to improve the hearing device fit in various real-world scenarios, as suggested by preliminary results from a small study involving cochlear-implant users.

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A cochlear implants teenage user trying one of the BEARS games at one of the participatory design sessions we organised during the past two years.

Designing the BEARS (Both Ears) virtual reality training suite for improving spatial hearing abilities in teenage bilateral cochlear implantees

Teenagers with bilateral cochlear implants (CI) often suffer from poor spatial hearing abilities; a set of multi-modal (audio-visual) and multi-domain training tasks (localisation, spatial speech-in-noise and spatial music) was designed by involving teenage CI users as co-creators during the development process.

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