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3D-TUNE-IN: facilitating hearing aid use through gaming

partnership

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The project 3D-TUNE-IN, short for 3D-games for TUNing and lEarnINg about hearing aids, was recently launched with 3-year funding from the EU under Horizon 2020. 3D-TUNE-IN will be coordinated by the recently established Dyson School of Design Engineering of Imperial College London, and includes 9 university and industry partners from Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom. Partners include the SME digital games industry (Reactify, Vianet, XTeam and Nerlaska), academic institutions, a large European hearing aids manufacturer (GN Hearing), and representatives of the hearing-impaired community.

Optimal use of hearing aids is essential for people with hearing impairment to truly benefit from the devices. Elderly patients are often found to prefer simple devices or to use only the basic amplification and equalization features of more advanced ones. However, more technologically advanced devices offer real improvements in certain hearing environments. Children also need to have simple ways of maximizing beneficial use of their hearing aids to ensure optimal speech and language development. In this context, 3D-TUNE-IN will aim to produce digital games for various target audiences and situations that can be applied to hearing aids to make the most of existing, overlooked, or neglected functionalities.

The basic idea is to apply techniques routinely used in games to non-leisure applications to develop optimal use of hearing aids. The developers are hoping that bringing the two worlds together will help to promote learning and skill acquisition, and ultimately to increase social interactions, making people with hearing impairments feel more confident and included in their communities.

Source: European Commission

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The term “hearing impaired” removed from New York state’s law books
The term “hearing impaired” removed from New York state’s law books

Awareness

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New York State became the third US state to remove the term "hearing impaired" from state law, under legislation signed recently by Governor Andrew Cuomo, reports the Democrat and Chronicle.

Bluetooth communication system commissioned by American military
Bluetooth communication system commissioned by American military

Communication

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Sonitus Technologies has secured a multi-million-dollar contract with the United States Department of Defense (DOD) for the company’s ‘Molar Mic’, a new personal communication system.

Regulations concerning music venues changing in France
Regulations concerning music venues changing in France

Sound level

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The French government recently published a decree reinforcing noise and sound regulations for music venues in the country.

Using headphones and hearing aids simultaneously
Using headphones and hearing aids simultaneously

Devices

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CR Consumer Reports recently ran an article on finding headphones that work well with hearing aids.

The Amplifon Group acquires Conversons centres
The Amplifon Group acquires Conversons centres

Retail

In August this year, the Audio Sons and Amplifon groups signed an agreement to purchase the centres branded under the Conversons name.

63rd EUHA Congress in Hanover
63rd EUHA Congress in Hanover

EUHA2018

The International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians 2018 will be held at Deutsche Messe Hanover between 17 and 19 October 2018.

Sivantos Ibérica emerges in Spain following AS Ibérica union
Sivantos Ibérica emerges in Spain following AS Ibérica union

Industry

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The firm AS Ibérica Soluciones Auditivas, based in Las Rozas (Madrid), has joined Grupo Sivantos as a strategic partner and will now continue in the marketplace as Sivantos Ibérica, say sources at the company.

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New products

New Sonic Enchant custom styles and essential performance levels New Sonic Enchant custom styles and essential performance levels

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Sonic introduces new custom styles and essential performance levels that bring Enchant’s exciting combination of fast performance, innovative features and enhanced functionality to even more users.  [ ... ]

Oticon Opn hearing aid family is expanding to include custom hearing aidsOticon Opn hearing aid family is expanding to include custom hearing aids

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Oticon has packed its 360° Open Sound Experience into a new range of discreet custom styles including its smallest hearing aid to date. [ ... ]

Starkey introduces world’s first HealthableStarkey introduces world’s first Healthable

Livio AI is the world’s first Healthable™ hearing aid to utilize integrated sensors and artificial intelligence and the first device to track physical activity and cognitive health as measured by hearing aid use in social situations. [ ... ]