A while ago I had the chance to test Phonak’s Audéo Marvel hearing aids. In Europe, they are one of two hearing aid models which provide built-in Bluetooth streaming for Android. Built-in here means that no additional physical adapter is needed to connect the hearing aids to the phone. Here’s my review.Continue reading Review: Phonak Audéo Marvel
I recently had the pleasure of testing ReSound’s hearing aids LiNX Quattro. These are one of the few hearing aids on the European market that offer streaming via built-in Bluetooth and support Android phones. Built-in here means that no physical adapter is needed to connect the hearing aids to the phone. Here’s my review.Continue reading Review: ReSound LiNX Quattro
I recently stumbled upon this video about an awesome project: a tactile harness with various vibrating parts designed to experience music “physically”. Watch the video of the story here:
Although designed with the Deaf and hard of hearing in mind, I find this a really awesome idea for anyone. I think anyone who loves music might be interested into experience it on an even more intensive level. I would be very curious to try this out 🙂
Recently I was interviewed by Peggy Sylopp, head of the research project “Hear how you like to hear“. The project is about people’s view and need of hearables and Peggy gave me the opportunity to express my opinion here. I enjoyed the conversation very much, I hope you do too. Here’s the video (in German):
This was published as part of an article in the “Make” magazine and on heise.de:
In times of Covid-19, social distancing and home quarantine, many people resort to meeting their people via (video or telephone) conferencing. You call your coworkers when you work from home, after work you have a with call with Aunt Amy, and later in the event you join your nerd group of friends that you play the latest boardgame with.
I don’t have a clue about virology or any of the medical stuff, but if I could give you one piece of advice in these times: do your peers a favor and use a headset.
To some people, especially the gamers, this might be the obvious way to do conference calls, but I noticed that even for my tech savvy colleagues this isn’t all that obvious.Continue reading Just use a headset already
A while ago, I mentioned the research project Hear how you like to hear. The researchers want to find out how users use hearables and what requirements they have for hearables. They have a very human-centered approach, which I like a lot, as it includes that hearing is very subjective and not everything about hearing can be captured in an audiogram.
The project is soon coming to an end. Peggy, the main researcher, gave a talk about the project and the results (the talk is in German, the slides are English). In particular, she found out that 90% of hearing aid users don’t find it important that the devices are small. That is pretty much the opposite of what the hearing aid industry is still selling. Great project, I hope there are more like this in the pipeline.
I recently stumbled upon this talk about security vulnerabilities of medical devices might be used and exploited. This one is about pace makers. However, it is interesting to think about whether something like this would be possible for hearing aids as well: https://media.ccc.de/v/Camp2019-10288-500_000_recalled_pacemakers_2_billion_stock_value_loss
It’s been a while since Google published the protocol ASHA, which specifies how Android phones will communicate with hearing aids. This article (in German) inspects the results so far: https://t3n.de/news/endlich-lassen-android-verwenden-1210092/amp/?__twitter_impression=true
While I am not part of the deaf community and can neither sign nor cue, I found this article interesting: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/07/opinion/health/is-there-a-right-way-to-be-deaf.html
The author describes how even within the deaf community there are different approaches to language and it is hard to find one’s own way. Very interesting!
I found this article a very good selection of advice for teacher of students who are hard of hearing: https://medium.com/voices-through-silence/how-misunderstandings-about-hearing-loss-are-hurting-our-deaf-and-hard-of-hearing-students-ad4b55711742
While my hearing got bad after I already finished high school, I can only imagine what burdens a hearing loss puts on students. I hope this article reaches a lot of teachers to be good allies for those affected.