[sounds of children playing, shouting, shoes crunching on gravel] You’re in a lab in Western’s
Interdisciplinary Research Building but you’re also in a playground in Austria.
Auditory research is usually conducted with our participants sitting in quiet
soundproof booths, wearing headphones, listening to one sound at a time. But
that’s simply not how hearing happens in the real world. So this equipment is going
to allow us to study real-world hearing – how people organize complex auditory
scenes when there’s more than one sound present at a time. This equipment
represents an impressive feat of hardware and software engineering. It was more than three years in development and there are only a handful of systems
around the world capable of the sorts of things that we can do with this piece of equipment.