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Directions in Future Hearing Aids

July 27, 2021 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm

“​Social Perceptions of Pediatric Hearing Aids”Speaker: Jason Qian, Resident Physician & Postdoctoral Research Fellow, Otolaryngology- Head & Neck Surgery, Stanford University

Abstract: Objectives: To determine whether hearing aid (HA) use affects social perceptions of general public adults and age-matched peers and if so, determine if effects are modulated by lack of societal representation of pediatric HAs. Results: In both adult and child respondents, HAs were associated with decreased athleticism, confidence, health, leadership, and popularity. Glasses were associated with decreased athleticism and popularity but increased intelligence, overall success, and in the child respondents, friendliness. When worn in combination, the beneficial effects of glasses were mitigated by brightly colored but not neutrally colored HAs. Conclusion: Negative effects of pediatric HAs on social perceptions may be influenced by poor societal representation of HAs. These results suggest that greater representation of pediatric HAs is necessary to make society more inclusive for children with hearing loss.

“Transforming Hearing Aids into Multifunctional Health and Communication Devices with Embedded Sensors and Artificial Intelligence”Speaker: Achin Bhowmik, CTO & EVP of Engineering, Starkey, and Adjunct Professor, Stanford University School of Medicine

Abstract: With nearly half a billion people suffering from disabling hearing loss globally, hearing aids are crucially important medical wearable devices. Untreated hearing loss has been linked to increased risks of social isolation, depression, dementia, fall injuries, and other health issues. However, the adoption of hearing aids has been low, in part because of a historical stigma associated with assistive devices and limited functionalities. In this talk, we will present a new class of multifunctional in-ear devices with integrated sensors and machine learning architectures which continuously classify sound and enhance speech, monitor physical and cognitive health, automatically detect and alert falls, stream audio from devices, translate languages, as well as serve as a personal assistant with connectivity to the cloud. Rapid progress in sensors and artificial intelligence is bringing an increasing array of smart devices and applications to the world. Now, these technologies are transforming the traditional hearing aids into multipurpose devices, helping people not only hear better, but also live better lives in many more ways.  

Co-host: Michael Au, Senior Manager of R&D, Sonova Group

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Stanford Wearable Electronics Initiative
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