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Understanding musical sounds could help build a better hearing aid

Photo of Michael Schutz in his MAPLE Lab

People with hearing aids know that listening to music isn’t always an enjoyable experience. The problem with current hearing aids is that many are tuned using artificial sounds rather than natural ones. Studying how these sounds are different and how humans perceive them could one day lead to building better hearing aids.

Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) Discovery grant of $140,000 over 5 years will help Michael Schutz, an Associate Professor of Music Cognition/Percussion in the School of the Arts, do research on how humans perceive musical tones from an artificial ones.

Find out more on the McMaster Daily News.