Psychoacoustics and Audiological Applications

Lecturer: Prof. Dr.-Ing. Bernhard U.Seeber, Dr. Ana Alves Pinto
Assistant: Dr. Ana Alves Pinto, Dr. Clara Hollomey
Turnus: Winter semester only
Target group: Wahlmodul zur fachlichen Vertiefung, Master EI
Schedule: 2/2/0 (Lecture/Exercise course/Practical course)
Language: Englisch
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:

not in WS2020/21, from WS2021/22 replaced by "The Auditory System"


Lecture: Tuesday, 09:45 - 11:15 Uhr, N3815
Exercise course: Tuesday, 11:30 - 13:00 Uhr, N3815

Dates: Lecture starts on 15.10.2019; Excercise course from 22.10.2019,
No Lecture on 12.11.2019


  • 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;

Lecture videos on YouTube:

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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B.C.J. Moore An Introduction to the Psychology of Hearing. Emerald Group Publishing, 6th Edition, London, 2012.
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