Hearing and listening comprehension are services of the ear and brain that provide us with important information from the environment, give orientation and serve our social communication. In response to common hearing problems (not only among the aging population) and the desire to remedy them, we are experiencing a remarkable boost in innovation in audiological, technical and neuroscience research. As a result, the hearing systems industry has shown steady and above-average growth in recent years, and is intensively researching improvements to its systems.
Recent technical developments such as wireless communication between hearing aids or cochlear implants, the control of hearing aid settings via smartphone apps or the derivation of brain stem potentials through hearing aids open up completely new fields of hearing system adaptation and optimization. But also the audio and sound equipment for musical performances increasingly takes into account the characteristics of the human auditory system. These developments require highly qualified and interdisciplinary trained professionals who have both engineering knowledge of signal processing and auditory technology as well as an in-depth knowledge of auditory perception as well as the corresponding medical and neuroscientific aspects.
The master's degree in Auditory Technology is designed to meet this need by covering both technical and perceptual aspects equally.
As a consecutive, joint master program of the Technical University of Lübeck and the University of Lübeck, it is aimed at graduates with a bachelor's degree in hearing acoustics, medical engineering or a related degree program, who wish to acquire a research-oriented Master of Science in the field of auditory technology. The program prepares graduates to work in research, teaching, development and applied fields and enables them to design, develop and do research in systems for the processing of audio signals, particularly hearing aids.
The interdisciplinary approach of the degree program is reflected in a broad curriculum, supplemented by modules in the areas of computer science, medicine and psychology, with courses in signal processing, measurement technology and psychoacoustics. A cooperation with the University of Music Lübeck enables the students to deepen their knowledge in the field of acoustics and sound rendering.