A big-data-centric hearing impairment rehabilitation solution
Using a novel and affordable hearing aid tailored for tonal language speakers, personalised hearing screening, and online therapeutic calibration and motivation service.
Innovate UK-Guangdong Urban Innovation Challenge
CU Project Team:
Dr Ghufran Syed Khalid and Dr Yuhang Xu
South Eastern University of Sciecne & Teochnology (SUSTech)
The Lead Partner is Therepy Audit Company
This interdisciplinary project develops an innovative and low cost hearing aid and a big-data-centric hearing rehabilitation solution for millions of older people in China with hearing impairment. Through our core technical skills and published and patented achievements in the areas of hearing aid, bio-signal processing technology, remote monitoring, medical device manufacture and healthcare technology assessment, a novel hearing aid tailored for the Chinese tonal language and a portable hearing screener for home use will be developed. In addition, a Chinese language cloud-based software platform will be developed to implement online hearing screening technology and protocol and to monitor hearing impairment at home, allowing regular calibration of hearing aid to optimize the effectiveness of hearing rehabilitation, as well as utilising behaviour change techniques to overcome resistance to using the hearing aid. The novel hearing aid and its rehabilitation solution will also create an IoT cloud platform that could be used by a range of innovative suppliers to provide novel management pathways for other chronic diseases.