The Chinese University of Hong Kong and Ximplar took it upon themselves to offer to the world a tool that could aid millions of people world wide. An estimated 38% of the global population has some form of hearing loss problems, but only a limited amount actually seek help, and many also are not at the point of needing a full hearing aid.
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Due to this problem a group of experts in the ear, throat and nose field of the hearing health profession worked hand in hand with CUHK (Chinese University of Hong Kong) and Ximplar to find a solution to this large population. Their end product is what they have now coined “ACEHearing”, a firmware. ACEHearing has the ability to essentially turn everyday electronic devices into devices that can enhance one’s hearing. Such a breakthrough like this also made it eligible for 2011’s Asian Innovation Award.
A practical application of this firmware will be as an application on smart phones. Upon being downloaded, the user will take a 5 minute hearing test in a quiet room. ACEHearing will then allow the smart phone or device to assess the user’s hearing profile and calibrate the phone’s settings to adjust the device’s output. It does not however, just make everything louder. It fills in the gaps from the user’s sound spectrum where their hearing lacks, and adjusts those areas specifically.
Even more encouraging is that the hearing test administered from the application has been verified as accurate as compared to traditional tests given by audiologists. ACEHearing will be able to assist users with many degrees of hearing loss and make their life easier.
It should be noted that the ACEHearing application will not serve as a substitute for hearing aids , Hong Kong, Sydney or anywhere in the world. It is simply an application to aid users, some of which do not have hearing aids and do not need them yet, and to allow aids to be removed during phone calls.
The team behind ACEHearing hopes to not only include ACEHearing in smart phones, but also MP3 players and switchboards at phone companies. The addition of ACEHearing into smart phones is expected to be in the early stages of 2012.