Tuesday, 24 September 2019

Are we the Solution, or the Problem?

More hand wringing and frustration online from the hearing aid users just not getting that message through when the hearing aid doesn't cut it for them.  Deaf awareness has long since failed but hearing loss awareness never got off the ground it seems.

#1  I agree that the I usually have to give the deaf awareness training! In the past couple of years I have been more assertive and open about the issues I have with hearing loss and how people can work with me so I can communicate. I would encourage everyone to have the confidence to be open about their hearing loss as I generally have had a much more positive experience when I explain it. 

#2  Most people do listen - though it is sometimes a challenge to get them to remember to follow through at all times! There are a few who think I am making excuses - something which a lot of people in this group seems to experience. The posts on this group shows that what works for one doesn't necessarily work for the next person - I just hate assumptions - the common one being that I can hear because I wear hearing aids.

#3  Absolutely. HAs are not like spectacles they don't "correct" hearing loss although they can help.

#4  I found the HA a problem, because the assumption was with an HA you can hear OK again, and if you struggled to follow they would become critical and annoyed and tell me to 'Turn it up!' or 'Get a new battery in it..' etc.  Sometimes followed by 'Are you deaf, daft or what?'

It was difficult explaining hearing aids are by definition an 'Aid', not a cure. Of course, many of my peers HID their HA behind long hair etc or bought ones that were 'invisible' or adopted the 'Nod' of assent to disguise the fact they did NOT hear what was said, I was never sure if others were the problem or we are.

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Amazon makes the Echo Show more helpful for the blind and visually impaired

With the new Show and Tell feature, blind and visually impaired users can ask Alexa what household pantry items they're holding. Amazon on Monday announced a new feature for the  Echo Show that should make life easier for blind and visually impaired users. With the Show and Tell feature, the smart speaker's camera can recognize household pantry items. Users simply hold the item up to the display screen and ask, "Alexa, what am I holding?"

The feature is now available to Alexa customers in the US on first and second-generation Echo Show devices.  

"We heard that product identification can be a challenge and something customers wanted Alexa's help with," Sarah Caplener, head of Amazon's Alexa for Everyone team, said in a statement. "Whether a customer is sorting through a bag of groceries, or trying to determine what item was left out on the counter, we want to make those moments simpler by helping identify these items and giving customers the information they need in that moment."

Voice to Text technology.

Mobile electronic devices such as smartphones and tablets are rapidly overtaking the desktop, laptop computers as the primary computing devices for more than 50% of the worldwide customers. Users are increasingly getting used to access the web, read and write messages and interact on social networks. The input of text on mobile devices is popular despite the fact that it is significantly more difficult by using an on-screen keyboard. 

Automatic speech recognition (ASR) is a solution to the text input on mobile devices which is gaining popularity as an alternative to typing on mobile services. Google offers the ability to search by voice on Android, iOS, and Chrome while Apple’s iOS mobile devices come with Siri, similar to a conversation assistant. On both Android and iOS mobile devices, users can also speak to fill in any text field where they can type, a feature used to dictate SMS messages and e-mail.

Voice to Text on Mobile Devices Market:  Drivers & Restraints 

Voice to text on mobile devices capabilities enhance the missed-call and voicemail offerings across VAS (value-added service) and network services. Voice-to-text on mobile devices improves customer satisfaction and generates revenue for various mobile network providers. A major limitation of the global voice to text mobile devices is that speech recognition is performed on a server. Mobile network connections are often slow which further limits the penetration of the voice to text mobile devices. The global voice to text mobile devices market has opportunities to invent techniques for building an accurate, small-footprint speech recognition system that can run in real-time on modern mobile devices.

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Voice to Text on Mobile Devices Market:  Segmentation

The global voice to text on the mobile devices market is classified on the basis of type of mobile device platform and region. On the basis of the mobile device platform type segmentation, the global voice to text on mobile devices market is classified as follows:

Android-based Mobile Devices
iOS-based Mobile Devices
BlackBerry OS-based Mobile Devices
Windows-based Mobile Devices
Voice to Text on Mobile Devices Market:  Overview

With Voice-to-text on mobile devices, one can send and receive text messages, post Facebook and Twitter updates, emails, all hands-free. Voice-to-text has an incredibly accurate voice recognition technology. Other applications of Voice-to-text on mobile devices include setting reminders, making appointments, and searching the internet without lifting a finger. Currently, a new application is available for deaf people who excel at lip-reading. 

In meetings or group conversations wherein it gets difficult to follow a conversation when many people speak together, the applications aid in translating the speech into written words and transcribing it on screen in near real time. As a result, the global Voice-to-text on mobile device market growth is expected to be boosted by growing prominence of social networking websites and its hands-free feature.

999 - SMS Services

UK deaf are reluctant to use them because of the need to register first.