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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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“The future could be so bright we will need to wear shades”
“The future could be so bright we will need to wear shades”

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Geoffrey Cooling, regular contributor to Audio Infos United Kingdom, shares with us some insights on how technology could transform the industry. As usual, the expert invites us to welcome new challenges with a smile.

62nd EUHA Congress and its AWN congress special are here!
62nd EUHA Congress and its AWN congress special are here!

EUHA 2017

For the 62nd international gathering of hearing care professionals from 90 countries, we bring you the fourth edition of our Audiology Worldnews EUHA Congress Special Issue.

Interview to Martin Blecker, EUHA President
Interview to Martin Blecker, EUHA President

EUHA 2017

The 62nd EUHA congress will start this Wednesday, October 18th, in Nuremberg. According to EUHA president Martin Blecker the main issues of this year's congress are nothing less than the future of hearing aid acoustics!

UK Audiologists on a mission in Armenia
UK Audiologists on a mission in Armenia

Initiative

Ian Croston and Jonathan Le Brun with a patient delighted to be hearing. © Starkey Hearing

Representatives of Starkey Hearing Technologies in the UK have taken a team of hearing care professionals on a hearing mission to Armenia.

Audiology delivers most cost-effective tinnitus therapies
Audiology delivers most cost-effective tinnitus therapies

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Study

A study funded by the British Tinnitus Association (BTA) into the healthcare cost of tinnitus management in the UK has calculated that the average cost of tinnitus treatment per patient per year is £717, equating to an NHS healthcare bill of £750 million per year.

Universal newborn hearing screening not enough to improve language skills
Universal newborn hearing screening not enough to improve language skills

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NHS

Universal newborn hearing screening (NHS) is not sufficient to improve language skills in children who are deaf or hard-of-hearing, according to a new study carried out by researchers at Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Ohio (USA).

Phonak Audéo B-Direct "Made for All": a new era of connectivity
Phonak Audéo B-Direct

International launch

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Denmark, home of Bluetooth, was the specifically chosen venue for the unveiling of the Phonak Audéo B-Direct. Hundreds of audiologists at the conference centre were joined by many more on the live streaming of the launch of a product Phonak say is Made for All.

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