Hearing: Page 2 | 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

Personal Sound Amplifiers

Member Louise reports on an article discussing personal sound amplification products. May be an alternative in some cases to a pricy hearing aid.



Hearing aid batteries hard to change

In this conversation our circle agreed it was quite challenging to change the small batteries in the hearing aid of one member. The group came up with several possible solutions, including a potential new product concept for a "tool".



Better hearing in a group discussion

One of our circle members gave us this "Explorer's report" about a device she had been exposed to in her capacity as a volunteer at the Fromm Institute in San Francisco. This device, made by Sennheiser, picks up audio from the public address system and sends it directly to the hearing aid of the person wearing it, allowing better hearing in a group setting than the hearing aid alone.



Hearing topics from EVC

This group discussed some additional facets of the topic of hearing, and the challenges caused by imperfect hearing.



Hearing in one ear. What to do?

This member can hear well in one ear and not at all well in the other. She wonders if there is a way that sound from the side on which she hears poorly can reach the ear that works well. The group discusses this with several possible ideas about what might work, and some interesting digressions into other hearing-related assistive technology.



Can't hear the phone when it rings

My friend has trouble hearing the phone and wants a phone that works even when you are hard of hearing. Actually, she expressed this need as wanting a way that her friend could hear when the phone rang so he could answer it.



Hearing Interviews: 5 friends from Rita J

This is a report from one of our circle members who went out and interviewed 5 of her friends (members of her lip reading class) about their hearing using our "Hearing Cards".



Hearing Interview: Chuck S

This interview about "Hearing" is part of our ongoing "Topic Interview" series. Listen to this structured interview on this topic from the EVC Discussion Circle.



Hearing problems: discussion

Our discussion circle talked a bit about various challenges members had with hearing. We touched on adjusment of the hearing aid program, the value of T coils for hearing better in public settings, and more.



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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