Dr-Ing Bernhard Seeber
Professor of Audio Signal Processing, Technical University Munich, Germany, Collaborator (Severe-to-profound hearing loss)
Dr Seeber helped to establish the Cochlear Implantation research area at the NIHR Nottingham Hearing BRU, prior to his move to the Technical University Munich in 2012 as Professor of Audio Signal Processing.
Bernhard received his PhD in Acoustics and Psychoacoustics from the Technical University Munich, Germany, in 2003. Between 2003 and 2006 he held a research position at the University of California at Berkeley where he focused on novel approaches to investigate directional hearing of cochlear implant users. In 2007 he moved to Nottingham to lead a research group at the MRC Institute of Hearing Research (IHR) which investigated how a sound can be heard out from a potpourri of sounds.
Bernhard has received several awards, among them the Emmy Noether Fellowship by the DFG (£1.3M, 2007) and the Cremer Award by the German Acoustical Society (2010), see www.acoustics.bseeber.de . He is an honorary Associate Professor in the School of Clinical Sciences, University of Nottingham
Bernhard has been working to improve hearing with cochlear implants for more than 12 years. Drawing from his education in electrical engineering and information processing, he became well known for establishing the Simulated Open-Field Environment, a laboratory to recreate the acoustical conditions that are often difficult for patients: noisy and reverberant spaces. He has experience in using a wide range of experimental methods and he has developed several new tests, for instance to investigate directional hearing in difficult and noisy listening situations. Bernhard combines his expertise in engineering, psychoacoustics, auditory modelling and signal processing to find novel approaches for improving hearing devices, collaborating extensively with manufacturers. A key aim of his research is to better understand which sound cues patients use in difficult listening situations in order to improve cochlear implants.