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 🙂
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
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.
The other day I stumbled upon this chart which is a nice overview about the hearing aid industry: https://www.hearingreview.com/hearing-products/hearing-aid-history-in-one-chart-2
Given the advancements in technology, I am curious what the future of hearing aids will be though.
I recently stumbled upon this talk by professional real-time captioner Mirabai Knight about why human captioning (still) matters:
I highly recommend watching the talk in its entirety. I found it super interesting and learned a lot. However, if you have only 5 minutes, I suggest watching starting at minute 10:38, which contains my personal highlight.Continue reading Why 90% is Not Cool
I recently stumbled upon this article which totally resonates with me: A Note From Your Colleagues With Hearing Loss: Just Use a Microphone Already
It is awkward enough to have to ask a speaker to use a microphone in front of the full audience. It is even more awkward if they refuse to do so. You’d be surprise how often “No, thanks, I am good” is the answer.
However, my low light so far was: ‘No, I don’t like to use the microphone, I don’t want to feel tied to the podium and prefer to walk around.’ It seems to be hard to assess the priorities of ‘convenience for me’ and ‘necessity for someone else’.
It’s not every day that I get to test an a11y app, that later became into a product. Google recently launched two apps to make the life of people who are deaf or hard of hearing easier: Live Transcribe and Sound Amplifier.
I am a fan of Live Transcribe in particular. The apps listens to your call or the surroundings of your phone and generates captions automatically. It works with even several languages.
I had the honor of testing it early and I am happy with the result. I hope it does a good job for you too.