While wearable technologies are everywhere, they have not yet been configured for the ear. According to the World Health Organization, more than 1.1 billion people daily put their hearing at risk either at work or leisure. Canada-based NSERC-EERS Industrial Research Chair in In-Ear Technologies (CRITIAS) faces this challenge by developing leading edge technology combining in-ear instrumented hardware platforms with audio signal processing and biosignal extraction algorithms to enable its Canadian industrial partner, EERS Global Technologies Inc., to commercialize in-ear wearables for hearing protection and augmentation, two-way communication, and brain-computer interfaces for industrial, military, consumer and medical markets. CRITIAS core research activities include 3 areas of expertise: a) digital hearing protection, b) communication in noise and c) in-ear sensing. The chair benefits from unique research facilities located at École de technologie supérieure in Montréal and keeps busy a team of close to twenty talented students and researchers. It is supported by the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) and the Fondation de Gaspé Beaubien.
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