Check out this new video of the founder of SoundFest, Mark Eisner, as he tells the story behind Real Clarity:
The first version of SoundFest’s Real Clarity app for the iPhone is almost ready to launch, and we are looking for people to help us finish our final testing. Please let us know if the following applies to you:
1. You occasionally (or often) have difficulty hearing people in noisy environments like restaurants, business meetings or parties. Or, you find yourself turning the volume on your TV or radio louder than most people around you prefer.
2. You own an iPhone 4, 4S, 5 or iPod Touch.
3. You are familiar with syncing your device with iTunes.
If you can answer “Yes” to these three questions, then please contact us to get early access to our exciting new app!
SoundFest was mentioned today in the Wall Street Journal. Testing, Testing … Can You Hear Better Now? provides an excellent summary of the state of the market for personal hearing assistance. Dave Duehren, our CEO, summarizes SoundFest’s design philosophy: “… people know what they can and can’t hear, and they can adjust [Real Clarity] themselves.”
We frequently get questions about how Real Clarity will sound in practice. Real Clarity Train Example is a short audio clip that illustrates how someone with hearing difficulty will gain clarity in their conversations in noisy environments like riding a train.
SoundFest is excited to announce that our products are available for preorder at a discount from the crowdfunding website Indiegogo. Sign up today to support us and get early access to our products!
Are you struggling with hearing loss in specific situations like business conferences, airports and restaurants? Check out these helpful resources:
- Ability Hub: Assistive Technology Solutions www.abilityhub.com
Assistive Technology for people with a disability who find operating a computer difficult, maybe even impossible. This web site will direct you to adaptive equipment and alternative methods available for accessing computers.
- Better Hearing Institute www.betterhearing.org
- Deaf and Hard of Hearing Access Program www.odc.state.or.us/dhhapindex.htm
Includes a DHHAP Technical Assistance and Information Center webpage < /dhhaptac.htm > with 10 pages of links to documents on ADA, hearing loss, technology, captioning and more.
- Project EASI www.rit.edu/~easi
- Equal Access to Software and Information
Based on World Health Organization data, an estimated 693 million people suffer from hearing loss. And it is growing at the dramatic rate of 160% per year. Despite the challenges faced by sufferers of hearing loss (and those they talk to), 75% of the Americans experiencing it don’t use hearing aids. No single solution meets their cost, cosmetic, convenience and clarity needs. People with uncompensated hearing loss often mask their disability, to damaging effect. Their relationships and quality of life suffer. Untreated hearing loss has been shown to increase risks of depression, memory deterioration and job-related problems.
Hearing loss is a problem in need of a new kind of solution.