European School for Interdisciplinary Tinnitus Research (ESIT)

ESIT PhD student Stefan Schoisswohl, completing his PhD at the University of Regensburg, achieved a further scientific publication, making it the first for ESIT in the new year 2020 and the 18th of the ESIT consortium in total:

The full article can be accessed here or by clicking on the image above, a PDF download is available via this link.

We congratulate Stefan and his collaborators, Martin Schecklmann, Patrick Neff, Winfried Schlee, Berthold Langguth, and Johannes Arnds, very much on their success and are awaiting further ESIT publcations very soon!

The whole ESIT consortium and all associated partners would like to wish you all the very best the world has to offer for 2020! May it be happy and healthy throughout!

It is going to be a very exciting year for our project, since the majority of ESRs will finish their dissertations this year. We are having our fingers crossed for their best of success and will keep you updated here and on our other channels!

Our best wishes once again!

The whole ESIT consortium, all ESRs, supervisors and staff wish you a Merry Christmas and relaxing holidays with your loved ones!

We'd like to thank all partners for their outstanding support and collaboration in 2019, making the past year a fruitful and indeed forward-moving one for ESIT as a whole!

In October of this year, ESIT Project Network Manager Axel Schiller, for long having been interested in the topics of deafness, hearing-loss and, at the same time, languages and interpreting, has started training in the innovative profession of speech-to-text-interpreter (STTI), or speech-to-text-reporter (STTR), combining all these aspects by joining the first academic course in this area at the University of Vienna's Postgraduate Centre. This is an article of the Austrian Translators and Interpreters Association "Universitas" showcasing this novel training opportunity for language professionals and a short statement of Axel, highlighting his motivation to join the course:

By means of this course, entitled "Barrier-free communication - Speech-To-Text-Interpreting", Axel gains the skills necessary for creating real-time interpretations of spoken texts into written ones that can then be read as subtitles by deaf or otherwise hearing-impaired individuals on a computer screen or other projecting device. Whilst deaf people, when they are native users of sign language, prefer sign language interpreters, STTIs are often requested by individuals having become deaf later in life and/or who are hearing-impaired and prefer written language, or in scientific/technical settings, which are more easily interpreted into writing.

By making use of this service, barrier-free communication and inclusion is made possible for hearing-affected hospital patients, pupils, university students, employees or in many other settings. With the help of modern technology, STTIs can work both "on the spot" as well as remotely from an office, from where their interpretation is sent via online platforms to their clients' computers or even mobile devices.

For speech-to-text-interpreting, two techniques are mainly used: 1) the conventional computer keyboard and a system of shortcuts, as well as 2) speech recognition that allows the automatic creation of texts via re-speaking, a method also used for television live subtitling.

Since tinnitus is very often associated with hearing loss or (single-sided) deafness and qualified STTIs are still very rare anywhere in Europe, we welcome Axel's initiative to join this training very much and are indeed looking forward to seeing his news skills being brought to practise!

ESIT PhD candidate Marta Partyka, conducting her research on the neuroscience of tinnitus at the University of Salzburg's Brain Dynamics Lab, completed a preprint highlighting the intersting outcome that "Phantom auditory perception (tinnitus) is characterised by stronger anticipatory auditory predictions", DOI: 10.1101/869842.

We congratulate Marta and her collaborators on this achievement and wish all the best of success for the publication of this piece of cutting-edge research!

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