The dynamics of complex diseases and the effectiveness of interventions can often only be followed through continuous monitoring of multiple vital parameters. The merging of sensory vital data offers great potential for the use of artificial intelligence to improve medical decision support and to determine early warning signals that otherwise often remain hidden. At the same time, the recorded vital data enable a reduction in listening fatigue in difficult listening situations with several simultaneously active speakers by amplifying the speech signal of the speaker on whom the user is concentrating.
The aim of the project is the user centered development of a wearable multi-sensor system based on a networked hearing aid that fuses additional sensors for measuring cardiovascular data, EEG sensors for measuring brain activity, temperature and movement sensors and enables complex medical diagnoses and decisions based on artificial intelligence processes (AI). The ear provides a location that is suitable for precise long-term measurements, which allows a hearing system equipped with sensors to be integrated into the everyday life of the patient. Together with patients and medical professionals, concepts for using the system to improve processes in the field of audiology, occupational medicine and cardiological care are developed and tested.
The use of artificial intelligence processes in connection with the increasing miniaturization of vital data sensors opens up new possibilities for prognosis and diagnosis of health conditions, which can, however, radically change the doctor-patient relationship. The design of the cooperation between man and machine and the transparency of decision-making are of decisive importance in this context.
A. F. McKinney and B. Cauchi; IEEE Signal Processing Letters; 2022
A. F. McKinney and B. Cauchi; Clarity Challenge; 0December / 2022