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Hearing Aid Technology Makes Consumer Devices More Accessible

Hearing Aid Technology Makes Consumer Devices More Accessible September 2010 Studies show that every fifth German has a hearing impairment. In their private and in their work lives, they are restricted, such as when making a telephone call. Researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Digital Media Technology (IDMT) are now reporting a digital solution, one that can partially compensate for ...

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Hearing Tests

Hearing Tests If you’re interested in having your first hearing test, chances are there’s a hearing aid dispenser or audiologist near you that will give you one at no cost. Of course, their interest in doing so is to sell you a hearing aid, so be aware of that going in. There are also some online hearing screenings that can ...

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Visual communications and people with hearing loss

Visual communications and people with hearing loss Visual Communications technology has the potential to greatly increase communications access for people with hearing loss. The field is not yet well defined, and applications lag the potential. We hope that this technology will fulfill its promise. August 2007 – Checking out Camfrog March 2001 – It looks like personal computers are just ...

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Two way pagers

Two way pagers One of the real marvels of the late 90s is the proliferation of the cell phone. While most people with hearing loss can’t take advantage of cell phones, they have access to an equivalent technology called the two way pager. Here’s a story written buy a hearing mother who discusses how her deaf daughter uses one of ...

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Voice telephones for people with hearing loss

Voice telephones for people with hearing loss Difficulty with or the inability to use a standard voice telephone is one of the frustrating aspects of hearing loss. Fortunately, technological advances have greatly improved telephone utility to people with hearing loss. From something as simple as an amplified telephone to specialized handsets and electronic band adjustments, a variety of devices are ...

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Speech recognition may benefit people with hearing loss

Speech recognition may benefit people with hearing loss One of the really exciting current technologies is speech recognition. Many organizations are working on this technology, and there is significant progress being made. We don’t yet have anything like universal speech recognition, but the current systems do an amazingly good job when trained to an individual speaker. For information on specific ...

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Instant Messaging

Instant Messaging Instant Messaging (IM) isn’t a service that is specifically intended for people with hearing loss, but it is one that is much appreciated and used by our community. We’ll be reporting on this important technology on these pages! January 2008 – AOL IM Targets Hard of Hearing and Deaf Users

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Hearing aids for people with hearing loss

Hearing aids for people with hearing loss back to “New to Hearing Loss” Hearing aids are one of the fundamental devices used by hard of hearing and late deafened people. They work by amplifying sound. There are many different types of hearing aids, each addressing particular needs. Want to see what people think about the cost of hearing aids? We ...

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Auditory Brainstem Implant

Auditory Brainstem Implant You may have heard of an auditory brainstem implant (ABI), which is used for people whose auditory nerves are no not functional. Here’s an introduction to the ABI. January 2013 – FDA Approves Clinical Trial of ABI for Children September 2012 – Team Brings Auditory Brainstem Implants to US Kids March 2011 – Auditory Brainstem Implants May ...

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Acoustics

Acoustics How sound behaves in a particular environment has a huge effect on how well people hear. Folks with normal hearing are better able than folks with hearing loss to extract speech from a din of background noise, but it’s no easy task even for them. Fortunately people are becoming more aware of the importance of acoustics and are starting ...

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