Psychoacoustics and Audiological Applications

Assistant: Dr. Marko Takanen, Dr. Sam Clapp
Turnus: Winter semester only
Target group: Wahlmodul zur fachlichen Vertiefung, Master EI
Schedule: 2/2/0 (Lecture/Excercise course/Practical course)
Language: English
Exam: Oral. Sign up for the individual oral exam is before or after the lecture.
Candidates for repeat exams in the summer semester are asked to contact us well in advance to arrange an individual exam time.
Time & Place: Lecture:                   Tuesday,   09.45 - 11.15 hours, N3815
Excercise course:     Tuesday,  11.30 - 13.00 hours, N3815
Dates: Lecture starts on 17.10.2017; Excercise course from 24.10.2017,
No Lecture on 14.11.2017


  • Binaural hearing: binaural cues, masking, directional hearing, movement perception, precedence effect, models;
  • Hearing impairment: Kinds of hearing impairment, frequency selectivity and auditory filters, masking and across-frequency processes, loudness and recruitment, temporal and spectral processing, pitch perception, models of peripheral processing;
  • Speech understanding: cues, models (Articulation Index, Speech Intelligibility Index), binaural speech understanding, effect of noise and reverberation on speech understanding;
  • Auditory scene analysis;
  • Music perception: Harmony, consonance, dissonance;
  • Hearing aids: function and algorithms;
  • Cochlear implants: function, algorithms, temporal and spectral resolution, speech understanding;

Exercise course

  • Methods for listening tests and their evaluation;
  • Ethical considerations in clinical research with human participants;
  • Speech tests in audiometry; models of the auditory system (monaural, binaural, speech);
  • Fitting of hearing aids and cochlear implants;
  • Audio demonstrations.


Oral exams will take place. Examination dates will be announced. In addition, each student must register and sign up individually at the examination office (online portal).


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N.A. Macmillan, C.D. Creelman Detection Theory: A User's Guide. Psychology Press, 2nd Edition, New York, London, 2009.
B.C.J. Moore An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing. Emerald Group Publishing, 6th Edition, London, 2012.
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M. Zöllner, E. Zwicker Elektroakustik. Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, korr. Nachdruck, 2003.