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

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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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AirPods as inexpensive hearing aids in iOS 12
AirPods as inexpensive hearing aids in iOS 12

Hearables

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As part of its focus on accessibility, Apple is planning to support AirPods as a listening tool when paired with an iPhone.

Ensuring captioned telephone services for people with hearing loss
Ensuring captioned telephone services for people with hearing loss

IP CTS

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The US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) recently approved a change to the Internet Protocol Captioned Telephone Service (IP CTS) to ensure that this communications service remains available for people with hearing loss, reports the Telecom Reseller.

Taking hearing loss into account at dental practices
Taking hearing loss into account at dental practices

Dental professionals

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Specialist resource for dental professionals, DentristryiQ recently ran an article on how dental professionals can take into account the different circumstances of people with hearing loss and how to best communicate with them.

Full reimbursement scheme for hearing aids in France revealed
Full reimbursement scheme for hearing aids in France revealed

Reimbursement

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After several months of intensive discussions, the new “full reimbursement” scheme for hearing aids was revealed on Wednesday, June 13.

Hearing care professionals commit to historic reform in France
Hearing care professionals commit to historic reform in France

Reimbursement

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In France, the establishment of full reimbursement (RAC zero in French) for optical dental and hearing devices was officially signed by the relevant professional bodies and the French Minister of Health, Agnès Buzyn.

Link between ISSNHL and affective disorders
Link between ISSNHL and affective disorders

Sudden hearing loss

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Researchers from Hallym University College of Medicine in Chuncheon, Republic of Korea have found that patients with idiopathic sudden sensorineural hearing loss (ISSNHL) are at increased risk of developing affective disorders including depression or anxiety.

Noise exposure: new second-hand smoke issue
Noise exposure: new second-hand smoke issue

Awareness

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Although noise exposure is not a new area of concern, it appears that more and more people are paying attention to the problem.

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