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BioMed Research International
Volume 2017, Article ID 2181380, 9 pages
https://doi.org/10.1155/2017/2181380
Research Article

Auris System: Providing Vibrotactile Feedback for Hearing Impaired Population

1Digital Video Applications Lab, Universidade Federal da Paraíba, R. dos Escoteiros s/n, Mangabeira, 58055-000 João Pessoa, PB, Brazil
2Santos Dumont Institute, Edmond and Lily Safra International Institute of Neuroscience, Rod. RN 160, Km 03, No. 3003, 59280-000 Macaiba, RN, Brazil

Correspondence should be addressed to Felipe Alves Araujo; rb.bpfu.dival@sevlaepilef

Received 1 May 2017; Accepted 3 July 2017; Published 12 September 2017

Academic Editor: Victor H. C. de Albuquerque

Copyright © 2017 Felipe Alves Araujo et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Deafness, an issue that affects millions of people around the globe, is manifested in different intensities and related to many causes. This impairment negatively affects different aspects of the social life of the deaf people, and music-centered situations (concerts, religious events, etc.) are obviously not inviting for them. The Auris System was conceived to provide the musical experimentation for people who have some type of hearing loss. This system is able to extract musical information from audio and create a representation for music pieces using different stimuli, a new media format to be interpreted by other senses than the hearing. In addition, the system defines a testing methodology based on a noninvasive brain activity recording using an electroencephalographic (EEG) device. The results of the tests are being used to better understand the human musical cognition, in order to improve the accuracy of the Auris musical representation.