Personal Audio Reimagined

UMD Research Powers Company’s Systems That Compensate for Hearing Differences

by Rachael Grahame

University of Maryland research was front and center at one of the nation’s biggest trade shows earlier this month, when new technologies that allow TVs, headphones and other audio devices to be customized to users’ unique hearing needs and abilities were presented at the 2022 Consumer Electronic Show in Las Vegas.

The technologies—which go beyond entertainment applications by helping pilots better determine where sounds are coming from and users with hearing loss understand speech sounds—are part of the RealSpace 3D digital sound simulation suite developed by VisiSonics, a spatial audio technology company located in the university’s Discovery District. in 2009, VisiSonics was spun out of the Perceptual Interfaces and Reality Laboratory run by Professor Ramani Duraiswami, a professor in the Department of Computer Science and UMD’s Institute for Advanced Computer Studies.

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