Hearing loss is one of the leading causes of human incapacities affecting more than 360 millions of people worldwide. The consequences of hearing loss include difficulties in communication, social isolation and stigmatization. A research project at the Insight Centre for Data Analytics @ NUI Galway is aiming for a new level of understanding of the physical mechanisms behind hearing. The SIFEM project is creating more complete computational model of the physical mechanisms behind the cochlea (the mechanism which converts sounds into electrical signals for the brain) in order to provide better treatments for hearing loss.
Computational simulation models are fundamental tools for hearing research and SIFEM is creating a software platform to support researchers in the creation of these models which will bring hearing research closer to clinical practice. Clinical data will be used to validate and improve the computational models. It is expected that the tools and the models created on SIFEM will have a concrete impact on understanding and addressing hearing loss pathologies in the long term. The SIFEM project is a EU funded consortium of 10 institutions coordinated by Insight.
For more information visit: http://www.sifem-project.eu/ or contact Ratnesh Satay at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Insight Centre for Data Analytics @NUI Galway
Institute of Communication and Computer Systems, Greece.
University of Southampton - Institute of Sound and Vibration Research, UK.
Linkopings Universitet, Sweden.
BioIRC d.o.o. Kragujevac, Serbia.
INTRASOFT International SA.
University College London - Ear Institute, UK.
Natiional & Kapodistrian University of Athens, 1st Department of Otolaryngology.
Technical University of Munich, Germany.
The Research Trust of Victoria University of Wellington, New Zealand.