VisAural: A wearable sound-localisation device for people with impaired hearing

Benjamin M. Gorman (Lead / Corresponding author)

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Abstract

Although our sense of hearing, smell, and vision allow us to perceive things at a distance, the detection of many day-today events relies exclusively on our hearing. For example, finding a ringing phone lost in a sofa, hearing a child cry in another room, and use of a car alarm to locate a vehicle in a car park. However, individuals with total or partial hearing loss have difficulty detecting the audible signals in these situations. We have developed VisAural, a system that converts audible signals into visual cues. Using an array of head-mounted microphones, VisAural detects the direction of a sound, and places LEDs at the periphery of the user's visual field to guide them to the source of the sound. We tested VisAural with nine people with hearing impairments and found that this approach holds great promise but needs to be made more responsive before it can be truly helpful.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationASSETS'14
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery
Pages337-338
Number of pages2
ISBN (Electronic)9781450327206
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Event16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - Hyatt Regency Rochester Hotel, Rochester, United States
Duration: 20 Oct 201422 Oct 2014
http://assets14.sigaccess.org/
http://assets14.sigaccess.org/ (Link to Conference website)

Conference

Conference16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility
Abbreviated titleASSETS 2014
CountryUnited States
CityRochester
Period20/10/1422/10/14
Internet address

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Audition
Acoustic waves
Railroad cars
Microphones
Light emitting diodes

Keywords

  • Hearing impairments
  • Sound localisation

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Gorman, B. M. (2014). VisAural: A wearable sound-localisation device for people with impaired hearing. In ASSETS'14 : Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 337-338). Association for Computing Machinery. https://doi.org/10.1145/2661334.2661410
Gorman, Benjamin M. / VisAural : A wearable sound-localisation device for people with impaired hearing. ASSETS'14 : Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Association for Computing Machinery, 2014. pp. 337-338
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Gorman, BM 2014, VisAural: A wearable sound-localisation device for people with impaired hearing. in ASSETS'14 : Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Association for Computing Machinery, pp. 337-338, 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility , Rochester, United States, 20/10/14. https://doi.org/10.1145/2661334.2661410

VisAural : A wearable sound-localisation device for people with impaired hearing. / Gorman, Benjamin M. (Lead / Corresponding author).

ASSETS'14 : Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Association for Computing Machinery, 2014. p. 337-338.

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Gorman BM. VisAural: A wearable sound-localisation device for people with impaired hearing. In ASSETS'14 : Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Association for Computing Machinery. 2014. p. 337-338 https://doi.org/10.1145/2661334.2661410