Denk, Florian and Grzybowski, Marleen and Ernst, Stephan M. A. and Kollmeier, Birger and Debener, Stefan and Bleichner, Martin G. (2018) Event-related potentials measured from in and around the ear electrodes integrated in a live hearing device for monitoring sound perception. Trends in hearing, 22. pp. 1-14. ISSN 2331-2165

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Future hearing devices could exploit brain signals of the user derived from electroencephalography (EEG) measurements, for example, for fitting the device or steering signal enhancement algorithms. While previous studies have shown that meaningful brain signals can be obtained from ear-centered EEG electrodes, we here present a feasibility study where ear-EEG is integrated with a live hearing device. Seventeen normal-hearing participants were equipped with an individualized in-the-ear hearing device and an ear-EEG system that included 10 electrodes placed around the ear (cEEGrid) and 3 electrodes spread out in the concha. They performed an auditory discrimination experiment, where they had to detect an audible switch in the signal processing settings of the hearing device between repeated presentations of otherwise identical stimuli. We studied two aspects of the ear-EEG data: First, whether the switches in the hearing device settings can be identified in the brain signals, specifically event-related potentials. Second, we evaluated the signal quality for the individual electrode positions. The EEG analysis revealed significant differences between trials with and without a switch in the device settings in the N100 and P300 range of the event-related potential. The comparison of electrode positions showed that the signal quality is better for around-the-ear electrodes than for in-concha electrodes. These results confirm that meaningful brain signals related to the settings of a hearing device can be acquired from ear-EEG during real-time audio processing, particularly if electrodes around the ear are available.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: Publiziert mit Hilfe des DFG-geförderten Open Access-Publikationsfonds der Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg.
Uncontrolled Keywords: Ear-EEG, cEEGrid, hearing aid, auditory evoked potentials
Subjects: Science and mathematics > Physics
Technology, medicine, applied sciences > Medicine and health
Divisions: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Department of Medical Physics and Acoustics
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Department of Psychology
Date Deposited: 12 Sep 2019 11:24
Last Modified: 13 Sep 2019 09:45
URN: urn:nbn:de:gbv:715-oops-42453
DOI: doi:10.1177/2331216518788219

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