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Method and Apparatus for frequency transposition mobile for audio impaired

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Publication Date: 2015-Sep-30

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Abstract

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), Over 5% of the world’s population – 360 million people – has disabling hearing loss (328 million adults and 32 million children).Traditional mobile audio switch(Volume Button) approach provide a static option to end user which needs to be managed and adjusted and is not very effective.Mobile devices have become increasingly pervasive and are now an integral need as part of most peoples’ day-to-day needs, and have entered our personal spaces, including bedrooms and bathrooms. Mobile penetration is expected to grow further and play a significant role as a mass communication and education medium, especially in developing communities.The proposed solution provides a end to end framework to audio frequency of mobile based on profile with following features :- 1. Setup the user’s phone audio profile, via a Phone Audio profile management Steward 2. Dynamically look-up appropriate profile suitable based on the user’s audio characteristics. 3. Embedded framework that identifies user and dynamically applies profile, via a Phone Audio profile runtime Steward . 4. Applicability of frequency transposition impairment to Mobile device to provide effective and efficient output.

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Method and Apparatus for frequency transposition mobile for audio impaired

Background

As per the World Health Organization (WHO), Over 5% of the world's population - 360 million

people - has disabling hearing loss (328 million adults and 32 million children). The majority of these people live in low- and middle-income countries, and current production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of global need. At age 65, one out of three people has a hearing loss.

The implications of this are multi-pronged. Adults with hearing loss have a much higher unemployment rate. Among those who are employed, a higher percentage of people with hearing loss are in the lower grades of employment compared with the general workforce. Limited access to services and exclusion from communication further tend to have a significant impact on everyday life, causing feelings of loneliness, isolation and frustration, particularly among older

people with hearing loss.

Mobile devices have become increasingly pervasive and are now an integral need as part of most

peoples' day-to-day needs, and have entered our personal spaces, including bedrooms and bathrooms. Mobile penetration is expected to grow further and play a significant role as a mass communication and education medium, especially in developing communities.

Present solutions do not provide a standard mechanism derive user information based on profile of the users and change the profile of the phone based on certain characteristics of the user.

Current solutions for mobile telephony and assisted hearing have the following limitations:


 Mobile profile is static in nature and does not automatically adjust based on type of the user. Customization of audio characteristics such as decibel level, frequency, etc cannot be dynamically adjusted based on hearing characteristics of the mobile user.


 Assistive hearing aids such as Teletypewriters (TTYs), telecommunications device for the deaf (TDD), real-time text technologies and instant messaging, typically involve sending text which is converted to captions/ sub-titles or machine-generated audio, and do not support a natural conversation over the phone between a hearing challenged and normal user.


 Current solutions that pair assisted hearing with land-line or mobile phones have limited support for mobile-based applications and multi-media services.

The above demerits can be overcome by the method and apparatus we propose in this article.

Known solutions to the above cited problem:

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