Location

Portland State University

Start Date

3-5-2014 9:30 AM

End Date

3-5-2014 11:30 AM

Description

Problem: Hearing aids are posing difficulties for the elderly using them because of several factors. One of these factors is the filtering of background noise. Many affordable hearing aids on the market today do not produce quality sound because of inferior filtering of background noises.

Opportunity: Our team didn’t understand why this is still a problem since we have the technology currently that is capable of solving this. For instance, we have microphones and speakers that filter out background noise by removing or lessening it. After some research we found that Google Glass is working on a prototype of something similar to this, using vibrations on the back of the ear to produce sounds for the user. However, this technology is only available as part of the Google Glass unit, which includes a personal computer, apps, etc. These extra features make Google Glass and their future prototype both expensive and imposing for the older generation. Therefore, making something simpler, cheaper, and user friendly would be desired.

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Mentors: Jacob Goertz, Marissa Lopez

Making Way for Clearer Sound is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

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May 3rd, 9:30 AM May 3rd, 11:30 AM

Making Way for Clearer Sound

Portland State University

Problem: Hearing aids are posing difficulties for the elderly using them because of several factors. One of these factors is the filtering of background noise. Many affordable hearing aids on the market today do not produce quality sound because of inferior filtering of background noises.

Opportunity: Our team didn’t understand why this is still a problem since we have the technology currently that is capable of solving this. For instance, we have microphones and speakers that filter out background noise by removing or lessening it. After some research we found that Google Glass is working on a prototype of something similar to this, using vibrations on the back of the ear to produce sounds for the user. However, this technology is only available as part of the Google Glass unit, which includes a personal computer, apps, etc. These extra features make Google Glass and their future prototype both expensive and imposing for the older generation. Therefore, making something simpler, cheaper, and user friendly would be desired.