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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.

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Registration now OPEN for ground-breaking UK audiology event
Registration now OPEN for ground-breaking UK audiology event

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Registration is now open for "Towards A Connected Future", the first-ever joint conference from the British Society of Hearing Aid Audiologists, the British Academy of Audiology and the British Society of Audiology.

EUHA Congress 2017: New products and service tools
EUHA Congress 2017: New products and service tools

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A total of 135 companies from 21 different countries presented their product portfolios during the 62nd International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians held in Nuremberg from October 18 to 20. From small enterprises to the majors, from world-first innovations to tried and tested products – in a space of over 15,000 square meters, there was much to be discovered.

The effects of hearing loss on relationships
The effects of hearing loss on relationships

Study

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Hearing loss has been shown to be associated with a wide range of other health problems, including depression, concentration difficulties, memory issues, and even dementia. New evidence now adds interpersonal communication breakdown to the list.

Specific protein mutations affecting the cochlea may contribute to early hearing loss
Specific protein mutations affecting the cochlea may contribute to early hearing loss

SNHL

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A recent study carried out by researchers working at the University of Pennsylvania’s Perelman School of Medicine and at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (USA) showed that a master-switch protein, epithelial splicing regulatory protein 1 (ESRP1), may be associated with non-syndromic sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL).

Specialist fire alarms for the hearing impaired
Specialist fire alarms for the hearing impaired

Tech

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Technology is now helping to improve fire detection systems, including those for people with difficulty hearing. Newsroom New Zealand reports on the importance of these devices.

Hearing loss prevalence and better hearing to keep the brain active
Hearing loss prevalence and better hearing to keep the brain active

Figures

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According to a study published in the journal Annals of the Academy of Medicine, Singapore – AAMSan estimated 422,000 older adults in Singapore suffer from hearing loss and over 100,000 may have disabling hearing impairment.

Designing “sense-sensitive” environments for seniors
Designing “sense-sensitive” environments for seniors

Study

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Decreasing abilities involving sight and hearing are commonly recognized as part of aging, but touch, smell and taste may also become less acute.

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Sennheiser launches new assistive listening devices a EUHA congressSennheiser launches new assistive listening devices a EUHA congress

To optimize speech and music, the Set 860 features three hearing profiles, while the Set 880 model offers five profiles to tailor the sound to the customer’s needs and preferences. © Sennheiser

At the International Congress of Hearing Aid Acousticians (EUHA), held on 18-20 October in Nuremberg, Sennheiser was expanding its Hearing Care portfolio with the launch of the new Set 880 and Set 860 assistive listening devices.  [ ... ]

Rayovac reveals “no battery lasts longer”** than its Active Core TechnologyRayovac reveals “no battery lasts longer”** than its Active Core Technology

Rayovac debuted its ‘Active Core Technology’ product for the first time in Europe, which offers consumers longer lasting, high quality performance throughout the life of the battery, at the EUHA in Nuremberg.  [ ... ]

Oticon Opn™ connects to all modern smartphones, delivering extraordinary sound experience in stereo

Oticon expands Oticon Opn™’s wireless connectivity options to benefit even more hearing aid users.  [ ... ]