Friday, 21 July 2017

ExpORL at CIAP 2017

The Conference on Implantable Auditory Prostheses (CIAP) 2017 took place in Granlibakken, California, USA from July 16 - 21.
ExpORL had a fantastic presence poster presentations by Anna SamselHanne DeprezJana van CanneytBen Somers, Federico Bolner, Benjamin DieudonnĂ©Tom Francart, and Astrid van Wieringen. Additionally, Maaike Van Eeckhoutte and Robin Gransier contributed with invited talks.
This conference was an excellent platform to present our work to the scientific community in our field in different ways. Furthermore, it allowed the discussion, sharing, and exchange of new ideas.
Cheers to the organizing committee and a big shout out to all the personnel of Granlibakken Tahoe resort for a fantastic conference!

Which Earplugs Do You Need for a Festival?

VTM NIEUWS made a fantastic piece together with our very own Maaike Van Eeckhoutte about protecting our ears with earplugs. This is specially important now with all the festivals, concerts, and events going around during the summer. Take good care of your ears!

You can see the piece right here. It is only available in Dutch, unfortunately.
(If the video won't play, you can see it in VTM Nieuws website right here).


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Friday, 14 July 2017

ExpORL goes to Beach Festival

Last weekend, ExpORL representatives were present at the Ostend Beach Festival! They were kindly invited by De Tuut van Tegenwoordig to distribute free ear plugs to the general public in order to prevent hearing damage and tinnitus, which is (unfortunately) quite common in such venues with loud sounds and music.

We thank Sara, Tilde, Annelies, and Sam (from left to right in the photo) for their effort to help take care of our ears!

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Tuesday, 25 April 2017

Maud Lobel wins the Research Student Abstract Competition

Last Thursday, April 20, Maud Lobel was the proud winner of the "Research Student Abstract Competition". Under the supervision of her promotors Lien Decruy and Tom Francart, Maud developed her work with the title "Effect van Listening effort op een objectieve maat voor spraakverstaan".
Congratulations to her and her supervisors! Fantastic job!

Photo credit: Lien Decruy


Thursday, 30 March 2017

Special Olympics!

Yesterday, three of our very own ExpORL members volunteered for the Healthy Hearing program, which is part of the 2017 National Games of the Special Olympics Belgium (FB page). They made use of their expertise by screening tenths of participants.
If you are interested in volunteering for the next time, don't hesitate to contact the Special Olympics staff! Fantastic experience.

From left to right: Maaike Van Eeckhoutte, Dimitar Spirrov, and Annelies Devesse. 

Tuesday, 10 January 2017

ExpORL Kicks into 2017 at the SPIN Workshop

First of all, happy 2017 to all of our readers!

To begin this year with the right foot, ExpORL had an active participation at the 9th Speech in Noise (SPIN) Workshop, which took place in Oldenburg, Germany, between the 5th and 6th of January. The objective of this meeting is to "bring together young investigators and senior faculty from several European hearing-research groups to stimulate networking, discussion of research topics, and scientific collaboration in the field of speech and hearing research".

ExpORL had a fantastic participation in it. Astrid van Wieringen gave a talk regarding auditory processing and speech perception in the aging auditory system. Furthermore, Annelies Devesse and Lien Decruy presented their work in the poster sessions, both of which had positive feedback and interesting Q&A sessions.

Here it is to a great year full of science!

Photo credits: Annelies Devesse, Sam Denys, Tine Goossens

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Monday, 28 November 2016

ExpORL at ARCHES 2016 Meeting + ICanHear Conference

For the last 9 years, ARCHES has been a great platform for scientists and researchers in Europe dedicated to audiology to present their work, network with other partners, and discuss new ideas. Last week, the ARCHES 2016 Meeting took place in Zurich, Switzerland.

Furthermore, it was directly connected with the ICanHear Conference at the same venue. ICanHear is a project part of the European Union's Seventh Framework Programme. It successfully funded PhDs and postdocs and, sadly, will be coming to an end next December. 

ExpORL had an active participation in both of them. Jan Wouters provided an overall talk of the work done here at the lab. Invited talks by Benjamin Dieudonne and Tilde Van Hirtum had positive feedback and interesting Q&A sessions. ICanHear fellows Andreas Prokopiou (now at Warwick, UK), Robert Luke (now at Melbourne, Australia), Dimitar Spirrov, and Arturo Moncada-Torres presented posters with their most recent work, having good discussions among the attendants.

We would like to thank the organizing committee for such great conferences!

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