Be it shopping, banking, ordering or any other activity, we can do everything with Mobile Apps. However this revolutionary technology is now having its impact felt even amongst people suffering from hearing loss. With the increasing noise pollution the cases of hearing loss have been rising steadily in India. So whatever helps in the treatment of hearing loss is indeed good news for all. In this blog therefore we look at this new technology which could help you in case you are suffering from hearing loss.
World health Organization (WHO) on hearing loss in India
The fact that hearing loss is becoming an ever growing problem in India has become even more evident from the findings of WHO. According to WHO around 10% of the Indian population at present suffers from hearing loss problem. This accounts for a whopping 60 million Indians who are hearing impaired. What is even worse is that out of them currently only about 6 lakh hearing aid devices are used in our country. Thus many of the people who suffer from hearing loss in India do not have access to a hearing aid device or cannot afford one. Thus this is indeed an unwarranted situation and indeed needs a cost effective solution. This is where a Mobile App has come to rescue.
A Mobile App which will aid people with hearing loss hear
Pune based technologists Anurag Sharma and Paresh Patel have developed a Mobile app called “Q+Hearing Aid“. This will help people who suffer from hearing disabilities. They claim that this revolutionary mobile app will save the patient get rid of the hassles of carrying hearing aids, changing batteries and the embarrassment they face of being seen with one.
This new technology uses results of a simple, interactive hearing test. Both the developers had started developing this unique app about 3 years back. The mobile app at first assesses the level of the hearing loss. Thereafter it processes all sounds accordingly and sends it through a compatible earphone to the user. The sound of the conversation the person is in, is captured by means of the microphones which are there with headsets or earphones. These are sent to the apps which processes it and accordingly sends it through compatible earphones to the user.
In case you use headphones or earphones without microphones then your phone’s microphone would automatically switched on and the app would thereby create clean and audible sounds to the user.
The great idea about the app was first conceived by Anurag Sharma. He had suffered hearing loss owing to overdose of medication used for Malaria, when he was young. The creators of this Mobile app believe that t it can be used effectively by people who suffer from moderate to severe hearing loss. This could be used for both one to one conversations as well as group meetings. However the user will not be able to not be able to access phone calls during that time as mobile operating systems do not allow apps access to calls.
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