Hearing:  Older Adult Perspectives

The Impact Theme series: Longevity Explorers Discuss.

Almost all our Longevity Explorers know someone with hearing problems, and for many of them, they are that person!

In the Longevity Explorer discussions below, our community of older adults discuss various products and unsolved problems they have relating to this topic.



Hear what Older Adults Think: Hearing

My Mild Hearing Loss and Air Pods Pro

By: John Milford

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... Read More. Add your Opinions


Hearing Loss and Loud TV: Explorer Report

By: pete

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... Read More. Add your Opinions


Hearing: TV or Movies

By: tel-editors

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... Read More. Add your Opinions


Audiology and Hearing Healthcare Technology @ Providence

Dr. Sarah Caldwell, a clinical audiologist in private practice, led a very informative presentation dealing with the latest technological advances in audiology, with a particular focus on hearing isssues for older people. Along the way she covered the physiology of hearing, the measurement of hearing with audiogram reports, the role of all participants in a conversation to make it work well, and even a little advice about video communication in a time of physical isolation for many of us. 



Passavant explorers evaluate "TV Ears"

The Test Pilots/Passavant Community Longevity Explorers Circle evaluated the product "TV Ears" at their October 2019 meeting. Here are the results.



Cochlear Implants: My Experience

Cochlear Implant and other hearing aids were described and discussed. 



Maxi Digital Personal Amplifier @ Passavant

The Passavant Longevity Explorers evaluate a personal amplifier to help with hearing.



Hearing Devices: What Works and Why

Hearing Explorers meet to share information on their devices, problem areas, and solutions.



Hearing Explorers: Device We Use

Hearing Explorers from across the country convene on Zoom via Tech-enhanced Life to compare the hearing devices they use or recommend for their own hearing loss and to learn about others.



Hear, Hear Ye: Talk on Hearing and Products

At the Dec 2021 hearing explorer meeting, explorer Steve Goldstein gave a talk on a wide variety of topics relating to hearing. See abstract and bio below.



Test Pilots Evaluate Voice Booster

The Passavant Technology Test Pilots evaluated the Aker "Voice Booster" device as an aid to friends and neighbors living with Parkinson's Disease who are no longer able to project their voice enough to participate in conversational speech.



Explorers Focus on Hearing Problems and Solutions

Longevity Explorers from across the country discuss their hearing problems and share their experiences, good and bad, with hearing technology as they continue to seek better solutions.



Explore Hearing Problems and Solutions

Hearing problems and some solutions were the focus of this virtual group meeting.



Gadgets @ SRC Solve Problems of Aging

Saratoga Retirement Community Explorers recite a list of devices they use to get around the problems posed by age-related handicaps in everyday life. Rosalie leads off the discussion with a household item - dishwashing gloves - she wears when opening jars, but she is frustrated by the jar seals often encountered once the lid is off.



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. 



TV Noise Drowns Out Phone Ringing

In my Dad’s nursing home everybody has their TV blasting, including My Dad. Sometimes he can’t even hear me calling on a video chat request on his Alexa Show.



Aging Parent Answers Doorbell Without Looking

My Mom jumps up to answer the doorbell every time it rings. I worry about two things.

  • I worry she opens the door to strangers without knowing who they are.
  • I worry she does not always hear the doorbell and might miss out on someone she actually wants to talk to.



TV Too Loud Due To Hearing Loss

My Dad’s hearing is getting bad and it upsets my Mom when he blasts the TV. He has a hearing aid and will NOT wear a headset.



Serene Innovations TV Soundbox @ Passavant

The Test Pilots/Passavant Community Longevity Explorers Circle evaluated the product "TV Soundbox" at their January 2020 meeting. Here are the results.



Hearing Aids: An Explorer Shares a Cautionary Tale

Explorer Lynn shares with the  group that her sister in law recently called her to report finding a surprisingly inexpensive pair of hearing aids that she bought over the Internet.



Hearing and Hearing Aids - Bayley July 2019

Hearing and Hearing Aids - Bayley July 2019 by Longevity Explorers | Recent @ Cincinnati

Hearing and hearing aids are practical topics for our group for a lot of reasons: We want everyone in the meeting to hear what's going on, and we're concerned about costs, insurance, and just learning more about this industry.



Loop Devices Broadcast Directly to T-Coil Hearing Aids

Explorer Steve describes a hearing assist system for large spaces which works with the T-Coil feature in many hearing aids to broadcast directly from a microphone to the wearer's T-Coil enabled hearing aid.



Help for the Hard of Hearing

Laura reported increasing difficulty following what people say in conversation. She finds herself just smiling and nodding.



Hearing Augmentation for Meetings

Explorer Steve explains the (hearing loop) type of hearing augmentation equipment, which can be found in some meeting rooms and works with certain types of hearing aids.



I Really Like this Hearing Amplifier

Explorer Jean Marie reports her approval of an affordable hearing amplifier which helps her greatly when watching films in theatres or television at home.



About the Impact Theme Series

Our Longevity Explorers (hundreds of older adults with ages ranging from 60-95 years old) meet regularly to discuss topics at the intersection of aging and technology.

Among the many topics we discuss in these meetings, we have been exploring some specific themes which we think are going to be very important for older adults in the future, and which in our opinion are ripe for innovation. These make up our Impact Themes, and Hearing is one of these themes.

In these discussions:

  • We share how we do things today;
  • We explore and critique existing products;
  • We talk about challenges we have that we wish products could solve; and
  • We dream up product concepts we wish someone like you would develop.

If you are developing products or services for older adults in the category of Hearing, listen to the Longevity Explorer discussions on this page to get insights about how to develop better products and services for older adults.

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