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Wednesday, July 10 • 12:50 - 13:10
DIRECTIONAL SPEAKER ARRAYS FOR ELDER CARE FACILITIES - REDUCING NEARBY ANNOYANCE WHILE MAINTAINING QUALITY OF LIFE

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A common pattern exists in elder care facilities whereby a hearing impaired person viewing a television in one living area disrupts a resident in an adjacent area due to excessive audio volume. With current technology, options exist including bluetooth interfaced hearing aids and wired/wireless headphones or magnetic loops. Often, though, the elderly are resistant to such approaches due to a lack of familiarity with technology or an unwillingness to wear hearing devices for entertainment, despite many of the have magnetic loop included. The fact that the resident is typically located in one particular location affords us an opportunity to use directional speaker arrays to provide local sound a high volume with little or no spillover into adjacent living spaces. This paper implements such an approach with measures of local loudness and doorway to the adjacent areas.


Wednesday July 10, 2019 12:50 - 13:10 EDT
Outremont 6
  T09 Audiology… & comm. in noise, SS01 Hearing aids …