Blog Post #328 Excuse me, what did you say?

Today I’m looking at using artificial intelligence for hearing.

The article is:

The article indicates that research is going on in a lot of areas.  Voice to text translators are growing as well as artificial solutions that can translate voice into sign language.  One company, SignAll has an array of cameras that uses computer vision and natural language processes to translate sign language into text.  

Another area is with closed captioning.  We are familiar with closed captioning on our TV sets, where the computer translates the verbal comments into text that scroll on the screen.  In particular I like this is crowded restaurants where you can’t quite hear the TV set, you you can read the closed captioning. With better algorithms (that is artificial intelligence) you can get better text displays.  

In a related hearing aid area, technology is advancing better hearing aids.  These will fit better and will adjust to different situations easier. The article states: “The AI assistant reportedly aids in the process of adjusting the sound processor to a comfortable and effective fit for the cochlear implant recipient. Specifically, this process is known as ‘fitting” or “programming” and is essential for establishing and balancing loudness and softness of sound. Essentially, FOX [the name of the system] helps to predict the best fit.”

Another product (AVA) does this: “Founded in 2014 in San Francisco, CA, Ava claims that its mobile app uses natural language processing to transcribe conversations in real-time for the deaf and hearing impaired to participate in any spoken communication.”

“For example, all participants in a conversation would begin by downloading the app to their smartphones. Using their device’s microphone and natural language processing software, dialogue is picked up by the app and transcribed for all participants to read.  The deaf or hearing impaired conversation participant can type text and it is visible to others in real-time.”

The article also suggests that much of the research is ongoing and that even better products for the deaf and hard-of-hearing will be coming.

What do you think?

Do you need help hearing at times?  Might you want better solutions?


Have a great day!!



Posted by Bruce White

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