About Hearing Systems

Hearing Systems educates engineers within the fields of speech and hearing science and communication acoustics at BSc, MSc and PhD levels.The research in hearing systems focuses on auditory and speech processing and perception, functional models of hearing, audiology, physiological acoustics, objective measures of hearing and hearing instrument signal processing.

Together with Acoustic Technology we offer the international MSc programme Engineering Acoustics.

Hearing Systems consists of the two centres:
Centre for Applied Hearing Research,CAHR, and Oticon Centre of Excellence for Hearing and Speech Sciensces,CHeSS.


Centre for Applied Hearing Research 
is a centre at DTU Electrical Engineering with the purpose of promoting research and education within the field of acoustic communication with emphasis on:

Signal processing principles in the human auditory system

  • Perceptual consequences of hearing impairment
  • Functional models of auditory processing and perception
  • Applications of auditory models in hearing instruments
  • Measurement and diagnosis of auditory function
  • Technical audiology and Speech perception

The centre is supported by three the Danish hearing-aid companies Oticon, Widex, GN Resound, and their foundations. In addition Phonak and Siemens have been supporting individual PhD projects within audiology and hearing technology.


Oticon Centre of Excellence for Hearing and Speech Sciences
Another research centre has been founded under the leadership of Professor Torsten Dau in parallel with CAHR. While CAHR focuses on more applied research Oticon Centre of Excellence for Hearing and Speech Science, CHeSS, has more focus on fundamental research.
CHeSS has a special focus on cross-disciplinary basic research in the audiological disciplines.
The different disciplines will investigate the codes of the human auditory system. The centre will also include a large new laboratory, an Audio Visual Immersion Lab (AVIL). Through a special technology the sound impressions will be reproduced and combined with visual images.
Oticon Centre of Excellence for Hearing and Speech Sciences will employ a considerable number of scientists, visiting professors, postdocs and PhD students, who will work together on a number of carefully selected basic research projects in the field of audiology.
In addition to internal cooperative partners and experts based at DTU, external experts from educational institutions such as Université Paris Descartes in France, University of California, Berkeley, in the USA and Danish Research Centre for Magnetic Resonance, Hvidovre Hospital, will be involved to a great extent. CAHR will at the same time start a number of applied research projects supported by the Danish hearing-aid industry. 

20 MARCH 2018