Apps to Help With Hearing

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In the age of the smartphone, unreasoningly sophisticated digital signal processing continues to drive entrepreneurs to develop some incredible hearing health related applications. Many of these apps cover a wide array of issues from hearing loss, hearing testing, amplification, protection, education, captioning, and tinnitus relief.

With so many apps available, there are too many to name, luckily, we have chosen a few that stand out above the rest.

Sounds of New York City (SONYC), led by New York University and Ohio State University scientists. Their goal is to help prevent noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) by monitoring the sounds of the city. SONYC does this by creating a large-scale date set of acoustics in the city, collecting sound information through a network of smart sensors that are trained to recognize sounds, like a jackhammer, and reports from citizens. The information is mainly transmitted through the city’s 311 non-emergency hotline and app.

With the National Science Foundation providing the funding, this project will help improve how officials identify areas of excessive noise pollution while strategically employing resources to mitigate the noise.

Another similar crowdsourcing information collecting app is called the SoundPrint. It uses decibel readings sent by users to provide a numerical, color coded noise ranking display of public destinations. Its main goal is to help those with sensitive hearing find a nice quiet spot.

The Lessersound app, takes decibel measurements, creating a map of data points to display areas of dangerous sound levels at a glance.

Students at Harvard University have created an app called Sweetspot, which helps individuals find shared workspaces on campus that have lower levels of noise. Unlike the crowdsourced decibel measuring apps, the acoustic information for this application is collected by Wi-Fi-enabled microphones all around campus.

An app designed to help prevent hearing loss and tinnitus us known as Warfighter’s Hearing Health Instructional Primer (WHHIP). Focusing on the top health issues for military service members, this application was developed by the Office of Naval Research. It teaches about hearing conversations through multimedia and even gives tutorials on the proper usage of earplugs.

Be sure to check back to our blog every week for more news and information on the technological advances in the world of hearing health. If you are concerned about your hearing loss, why not schedule a free appointment with a hearing healthcare professional today?