My Mild Hearing Loss and Air Pods Pro

This is about my experience with different types of earbuds, especially Apple earbuds. In particular, it is about a discovery I made that let me use the AirPods to compensate for my mild hearing loss. If you like listening to music or podcasts, or regularly talk on your smartphone, you might benefit from my experiences. … Read more

Hearables: Better Hearing, Less Stigma?

Hearables for better hearing

  As the Longevity Explorers explore products and emerging technologies that can improve quality of life as we grow older, the emerging category of hearables stands out as especially noteworthy. Here is why. For a variety of reasons, hearables have the potential to deliver the benefits of “better hearing” to a far broader segment of … Read more

Hearing the TV Better: Older Adults Explore

Watching TV

Photo by Phillip Goldsberry on Unsplash   The community of Longevity Explorers are exploring different “hearing” gadgets — to see which ones help in various situations, and to share products individual explorers have used and wish to recommend. Ever have trouble understanding what TV or movie characters are saying over the background music? Know anyone who turns the TV … Read more

Hearing Loss and Loud TV: Explorer Report

Problem: My wife has lost some of her hearing and she turns up the TV volume loud to hear. Solution: We bought a BeHear Proxy Neck Speaker and a HearLink Plus in a bundle. Here is my report of our experience with this product thus far.     Research: My research suggested we first try … Read more

Hearing: TV or Movies

Ever have trouble understanding what TV or movie characters are saying over the background music? Know anyone who turns the TV up so loud that it is annoying? We are exploring gadgets that can help in situations like this. Ideally without being ugly, stigmatizing, or super expensive — if you don’t feel hearing aids are … Read more


Hearing Topic Hub

  This is the topic hub where we collect the results of our explorations and research relating to hearing. The theme is seeking tools and gadgets that can postpone the time at which hearing issues get in the way of living life.   As we grow older, hearing often deteriorates. If left unaddressed, hearing issues can … Read more

Closed Captioning for Zoom Video Calls

Closed Captioning for Zoom Video Calls

You have been enjoying Zoom video calls with your loved one, but sometimes they have a problem understanding what you are saying. If you have wished for a closed captioning service on Zoom for the hard of hearing, I have a solution for you!

Hearing Challenges and Video Calls

Hearing Challenges and Video Calls

Some people with hearing issues find video calls challenging because they can't always make out what people are saying. We wanted solutions that could help with that. 

Call Captioning with Alexa and Echo Show

Amazon released a “Call Captioning” feature for the Echo Show in December 2020 that allows your loved one who is hard of hearing to see your voice transcribed to text on her screen. Hereis how to set it up and use it.

DIY Technology Solutions to Things Bothering My Aging Relatives

DIY solutions

My relatives and their friends are in their 70’s and 80’s and 90’s now, and I am finding they have some recurring “problems” that get in the way of life being as enjoyable as I think it should be. I have come up with a variety of DIY “Tech Solutions” to these problems that I have implemented for them. I hope they will be useful for you too.