Authors: Oana Bălan, Alin Moldoveanu, Florica Moldoveanu
in: 21st International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD-2015), Graz, 2015
Abstract: In order to design an effective audio-based assistive device, we have to consider the users’ sound localization performance and spatial auditory resolution. As most of the virtual auditory displays employ 3D binaural sounds synthesized from non-individualized Head Related Transfer Functions (HRTF) which offer an ambiguous spatial auditory perception, we identified the need of training the visually impaired subjects’ sound localization abilities through a perceptual feedback based learning approach. This research is oriented towards the study of binaural sounds, audio games and virtual auditory displays as rehabilitative tools for the visually impaired people. In particular, we are focused on developing effective methods for training the sound localization accuracy and spatial auditory perception of the blind people, based on perceptual feedback training and multimodal sensorial interaction.
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