Posted by: Jensen Hearing | July 16, 2015

Selamat Hari Raya

Jensen Hearing wishes all muslims worldwide “Selamat Hari Raya”

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Posted by: Jensen Hearing | December 5, 2014

Dangerous Decibels

Decibels are a measurement of sound just as inches and feet measure distance. According to NIOSH (National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health) 85 decibels (dBA) is safe for up to 8 hours. That is 8 hours over a 24-hour period. That means that you can be working in a factory or other occupation where the noise level is 85dBA for 8 hours and most people will be fine. But if you then go to the shooting range or dancing at loud club, or go into your workshop after work, you add more noise to the equation.

For every additional 3 dBA your safe listening time is cut in half. That means, if the sound is 91 dBA you have just 2 hours of relatively safe listening time per 24 hours. (Don’t worry about the “A”, it just gives a more actuate reading of the sound)

So what is 85dBA anyway? 85dBA is the sound of a busy street corner. Next time you are standing at the busy city street corner, listen to the sound. That is about 85dBA. 91dBA is the sound level of a gas lawn mower. A band saw is about 98dB when measured at the ear drum.

Source:

http://www.dangerousdecibels.org/about-us/the-issues/

Posted by: Jensen Hearing | December 2, 2014

Braci – Hearing Assisstant (Google Play)

Braci – Hearing Assisstant

Braci’s Hearing Assistant beta gives you the ability to record your environmental and home sounds to alert you in case of events which are important for you like fire alarms, doorbells, and more. Unlike other solutions with flashing lights and expensive hardware installations, Braci allows you to use the current building infrastructure and alarm systems installed and still be alerted to events even if you are unable to hear or see them. This can give you a sense of security and peace of mind. Braci Hearing Assistant beta is efficient when it comes to quick response, alert time, and is also very affordable (this version is free). It’s perfect for people who are hard-of-hearing, deaf, elderly, and for others too.

The app uses your smartphone or smart device/watch’s microphone to constantly listen to your environment when you activate “Detection Mode”. (find out more on the FAQ page – http://braci.co/faqs.html)

Braci can be connected to smart watches such as the Pebble Watch or those on Android Wear. This easy-to-use app enables a fast way to be notified of all situations. The unique Braci platform is able to detect a broad range of sounds with it’s smart algorithm and alerts the user by vibrating their smartphone and smartwatch, flashing your mobile’s camera light, and showing an icon image of the current event on your smartphone and smart watch’s screen with a text note of the name of the event under the icon.

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ugs.doorbell&hl=en

Posted by: Jensen Hearing | October 9, 2014

Google Glass, CoG & Real Time Closed Captioning

Good news for the hearing impaired community!

CoG – Captioning On Glass is the app that uses Google glass to display the closed captioning service via the paired bluetooth smartphone. New app with promising and useful service. Captioning on Glass (CoG) provides real-time captioning, allowing the deaf and hard of hearing to converse with others. Your conversational partner speaks into the phone; your speach is nearly instantly converted to text and displayed on your Glass.

CoG

How to use.

Step 1 – Pair Google Glass with Android phone

Step 2 – Open the CoG app on the smartphone

Step 3 – Wake up Glass by saying “Ok Glass, Recognize this!”

Step 4 – Enjoy the captioning

Limitation so far – you need the speaker to speak into your phone because in a noisy party the “speech to text” service does not work too well.

Source: http://cog.gatech.edu/ AND https://glass.google.com/u/0/glassware/1585906026233130545

Posted by: Jensen Hearing | September 26, 2014

Teens and potential signs of Hearing loss

Siemens Hearing Instruments

Nearly Half of Teens Showing Potential Signs of Hearing Loss

  • One in six teens showing symptoms often or all of the time
  • Nearly nine in ten engage in activities that may damage hearing

Teen hearing loss may be on the rise, according to a new study commissioned by Siemens Hearing Instruments. In a recent U.S. survey of 500 teenagers ages 13–19, 46 percent of teens reported experiencing ringing, roaring, buzzing or pain in their ears after engaging in risky hearing practices, including listening to excessively loud music and using lawn and power tools with no hearing protection. One in six teens admitted having these symptoms often or all the time. The nationwide survey was conducted by ReRez Research of Dallas, Texas to learn more about teens and their listening habits.    

Read more – http://www.audiologyonline.com/articles/directional-steering-for-special-listening-12974

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