This is a unique solution that allows an individual to calibrate their audio-visual asynchronies in order to identify the personally optimised audio-visual synchronies to enhance hearing, perception and performance response.
This technology is based on the the principle of calibrating personal audio-visual asynchrony. The asynchrony is calibrated by analysing the profile of the user, thereby, offering the unique (customised) on-line (real-time) correction.
When we watch a person speak, our ears and eyes receive signals at different times. Research shows that audio-visual integration is naturally suboptimal in the majority of individuals. Despite this asynchrony, speech comprehension still benefits from integrating lip movements. Our research suggests that such speech-reading can benefit even more from artificially correcting the asynchrony.
This is particularly important for people with hearing aids or people with speech/hearing impediment. In addition, the increasing use of electronic media can significantly benefit from the availability of artificial asynchrony. Likewise, in sport, gaming, and interacting with machines and software, where visual events are often synchronised with sound.
This is a unique solution that allows an individual to calibrate their asynchronies in order to identify the personally optimised audio-visual synchronies to enhance hearing, perception and performance response.
We are not aware of any such instrument that is customised for individual hearing needs; Current technological development has yielded incremental advances in sound quality, and reduced latency. Our research suggests that integrated audio-visual perceptions is perhaps the most overriding factor.
We are looking to work with manufacturers of personal audio-visual equipment, hearing aids and producers of audio-visual training materials who would be interested in licensing the technology for use. There is also the opportunity to offer trials and consultancy using this technology.
The benefit of this technology can be seen in any application that is delivering audio-visual sensory stimulation. The technology optimizes the ability to hear and perceive simultaneous audio and vision. It offers a unique offering to optimise technology display and audio visual teaching materials. This will be a significant performance enhancement on the treatment of asynchrony induced hearing deficiency. It is expected to be of benefit to manufacturers of hearing aids.