Beyond hearing aids; Technologies to improve hearing accessibility for older adults with hearing loss.
AbstractHearing accessibility on the telephone, to the TV, in noisy and/or reverberant spaces are some of the challenging situations that face older adults with hearing loss as they attempt to remain connected to the world around them. Hearing aids alone cannot always provide the signal to noise ratio (SNR) required by older adults for sucessful access to auditory signals and messages. This presentation will focus on newer technologies that have the potential to enhance accessibility for older adults who require higher SNRs than can be achieve by personal amplification. Solutions for the telephone, cellphone, TV, restaurants, churches and other listening challanges will be highlighted.
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