HEAR-ECO (www.hear-eco.eu) organised an online, open workshop to disseminate the main findings of the HEAR-ECO project and to discuss them with leading scientists in the field. The workshop took place on April 26th 2022.

The HEAR-ECO project involved six PhD students, focusing on physiological measures of listening effort and on creating test situations relevant to everyday life.

In total, over 180 participants from all over the world attended the workshop that was organised by Patrycja Ksiazek, Bethany Plain, Bill Whitmer and Gabrielle Saunders. The inspiring keynote talk by prof. Jonathan Peelle and the overview presentations from each of the six PhD students were followed with an active discussion between a panel of renowned leaders in the field: Prof. Alexander Francis, Prof. Ingrid Johnsrude, Prof. Jonas Obleser, Dr Sarah Hughes, Dr Stefanie Kuchinsky and Prof. Volker Hohmann. The workshop attendees joined them with interesting questions, comments, and suggestions in the online Q&A and chat functions.

The HEARECO results and discussion illustrated that the acquisition of physiological measures associated with listening effort in ecological listening conditions is of great interest to many researchers. Labs in various disciplines currently contribute to the development and validation of sensitive parameters, analysis methods and relevant constructs. The panel discussion reflected on the concept of listening effort, the clinical relevance of current methods, the quest for ecologically valid test conditions, and the value of various physiological indices. The panellists shared their views on how research on listening effort should proceed in order to advance our understanding on what listening effort is and how to measure it.

A link to the recording of the workshop will soon be published here.

The schedule was as follows (all times listed in CET):

  • 15:00 – 15:05: Intro & housekeeping
  • 15:05 – 15:20: An overview of HEAR-ECO by Dr Adriana A. Zekveld
  • 15:20 – 15:50: Keynote talk by Prof. Jonathan Peelle
  • 15:50 – 16:00: Break
  • 16:00 – 17:45: 10 + 5-minute talks by each of the PhD students
  • 17:45 – 18:00: Break
  • 18:00 – 18:50: Expert panel discussion moderated by Prof. Sophia E. Kramer
  • 18:50 – 19:00: Summary, thank you and close

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under the Marie-Sklodowska-Curie grant agreement No 765329.