Wednesday, June 22, 2005

A Hearing Aid for Cell Phones

This could be a life saver for the hearing impaired ...

"Can you hear me now?" isn't just a slogan; it's an annoyingly familiar refrain for cell-phone users. Palo Alto startup Sound ID wants to silence that question by outfitting wireless headsets with software used to help the hearing impaired. Its Personal Sound System uses sound-processing algorithms to analyze acoustic environments, so if someone is stuck in a noisy restaurant, the headset instantly boosts the voice signal, separating it from background noise and increasing the volume of human speech by 2 decibels. When the user moves into a quieter room, the levels stabilize. "The system knows which sounds your ear is missing," says Rodney Perkins, Sound ID's founder and chairman."   continued ...   (Via Business 2.0)

EarModule - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

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