New app will ease communication for hearing impaired

July 11, 2016
A new Danish developed app will support people with hearing impairments in their communication with healthcare professionals.

A team of communications researchers from Aalborg University teams up with the Danish-founded global audiology company, Oticon, to develop a communications solution for people with hearing impairments. The development project, App(etite) for life with hearing impairment, focuses on improving hearing rehabilitation by facilitating and easing communication between healthcare professionals, the hearing impaired and their relatives.

The goal of the project is to develop an app and an online portal to offer direct information exchange between the hearing impaired and the healthcare professional, e.g. audiologist or otologist, they rely on for treatment.

Having an impairment can result in social isolation, cognitive difficulties, anxiety and depression, and early retirement. Direct communication with their audiologist or otologist enables patients to take control of their own treatment based on their condition and individual needs.

The Danish Ministry of Higher Education and Science’s Agency for Science, Technology and Innovation has granted €52800 ($58400) to the project.

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