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.
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 have been waiting for this for a long time: finally hearing aids are on the market which can be connect to (Android) smartphones without any clunky adapters. It took so long, because Android only started to support low energy bluetooth (in Bluetooth 5.0) on Android 10.
Enno Lenze sums up the first experiences with it in this article (in German).
If you are wondering now “Didn’t Phonak do something like that for a while already?” The answer is: not exactly. The Audeo Marvel and Bolero Marvel do bluetooth to any phone without adapters, but they kind of bend bluetooth to their will. I have yet to test this in practice. We will see how they perform in contrast to the new Bluetooth 5.0 devices.
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’.
I am happy to see that the dates for the next DeafIT conference are confirmed: March 26th/27th. It is the 6. DeafIT and it is once again taking place in Munich, Germany.
DeafIT is an IT conference targeted towards IT professionals with hearing loss and with that is the first conference that I ever attended which fully supports their talks with live captioning and sign language interpreters.
Read my report about DeafIT 2018 to learn more about the details.
Currently there is the Call for Speakers going on. So if you have an interesting IT topic you want to present, please submit it here.
I am please to promote the following event taking place in November in Berlin: a hackathon about the hearables of the future.
It’s taking place in the Motionlab Berlin and you are invited to sign up:
Unfortunately I myself will not be able to join, but I hope you will have a lot of fun and hack interesting stuff!