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Reader Assist Hearing Aids

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000182885D
Original Publication Date: 2009-May-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-May-27
Document File: 2 page(s) / 168K

Publishing Venue

Siemens

Related People

Juergen Carstens: CONTACT

Abstract

Many people use hearing aids. Further, some of these people have reading disabilities, e.g. children which are too young to read or people who are highly nearsighted or have other problems with their ability to see. In the following an add-on function for hearing is proposed. A reading pen can be used to scan words from reading material. After scanning, the words will be converted into speech data and transmitted to the hearing aids. The data can be transferred via Bluetooth or other transmitting methods. The described function of this system including reading pen and hearing aid is seen in Figure 1.In addition, a built in memory system either in hearing aid or reading device can be used to record the scanned information and play them later. The proposed solution also can be used as translator tool. In this case, additional translating software is needed.

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Reader Assist Hearing Aids

Idea: Nisha Shakila, SG-Singapore

Many people use hearing aids. Further, some of these people have reading disabilities, e.g. children

which are too young to read or people who are highly nearsighted or have other problems with their

ability to see.

In the following an add-on function for hearing is proposed. A reading pen can be used to scan words

from reading material. After scanning, the words will be converted into speech data and transmitted to

the hearing aids. The data can be transferred via Bluetooth or other transmitting methods. The

described function of this system including reading pen and hearing aid is seen in Figure 1.In addition,

a built in memory system either in hearing aid or reading device can be used to record the scanned

information and play them later. The proposed solution also can be used as translator tool. In this

case, additional translating software is needed. The proposed solution has several advantages:

- People with sight problems are independent in reading and cannot be cheated, e.g. by signing

   documents or contracts.
- There is no need to strain eyes with reading glasses.
- It is beneficial for children with hearing and/or speech impairments, dyslexia or other reading

   disabilities. They can hear the exact and proper pronunciation of words.
- By using the reading device for any document t...