All posts by Helga Velroyen

About Helga Velroyen

Born 1982. Living in Munich (Germany) with husband, cat and snake. Hard of hearing and wearing hearing aids since about 10 years. Software engineer at Google by day. Geek by heart.

To teachers of students hard of hearing

I found this article a very good selection of advice for teacher of students who are hard of hearing:

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.

Why 90% is Not Cool

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

Finally real Bluetooh

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.

Just Use a Microphone Already

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’.

DeafIT 2020

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.

hack4ears Hackathon in Berlin

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:

hack4ears is an event organized by Hear how you want to hear, a citizen sciene project, Fraunhofer, and others.

Unfortunately I myself will not be able to join, but I hope you will have a lot of fun and hack interesting stuff!