The aim of these government-funded research Project (LOEWE-3) is to develop a multisensory, preventive communication system for noise-induced industries. In an industrial context workers are often exposed to high noise levels that could lead to stress and permanent hearing damages. That's why hearing protection is mandatory for employees. The research focuses on work safety solutions that combine hearing protection with communication and information exchange. This research field is very interesting because to perceive sound (speech or warning signals), the ear can not be closed or protected from noise. The noise itself represents a blockade for signals, since it can easily over-tone or neutralize them.
A multisensory perception can lead to a better understanding of information in such contexts and especially in stress situations. In order to perceive the environment our brain combines different sensory stimuli such as seeing, hearing and feeling. The key to a reliable perception is the integration of two or more sensory stimuli. A multisensory design allows faster access to information, increases work efficiency and reduces stress.
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