Mimi has released a study on listening level and sound dose – Results show that, on average, listeners of various hearing abilities lower the playback volume and receive a considerably lower sound dose when listening to media with Mimi.
During the online study participants listened to personalized sound while adjusting their preferred listening volume. The results showed that for the majority of participants, self-adjusted volume levels were lower when listening with Mimi turned on, compared to unprocessed audio.
More importantly, for the majority of listeners, the sound dose they receive when listening with Mimi’s processing is considerably less – this was found in all hearing ability groups and with different musical stimuli. This means that with Mimi processed sound, people can listen to music 5% to 30% longer (depending on the person and the musical content).
Mimi’s solution to offer Sound Personalization for people with various forms of hearing abilities serves the purpose of providing a benefit to users and making details of sound that would otherwise be lost audible again. Mimi’s hearing loss restoration paradigm leads to more detail for individual users and in theory should therefore also allow them to listen to music at a lower volume.
WHO and ITU defined a global standard that defines sound dose as a metric to quantify the load for the auditory system that is produced by media. An online study was conducted in which participants listened to personalized sound while adjusting their preferred listening volume. Volume and sound dose were calculated and compared to the cases in which unprocessed sound was presented.
Results show that, on average, listeners of various hearing abilities lower the playback volume and receive a significantly lower sound dose when listening to media with Mimi.
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