Raising People's Awareness of Hearing Health with Pleasant and Interactive Hearing Test Designs Installed in Public Spaces

Yaliang Chuang, Tomas Gecevičius

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Abstract

Hearing loss is an emerging health challenge, but very few people check their hearing periodically. Unidentified hearing loss can lead to depression and social isolation. To improve public awareness of hearing health, we design an interactive testing system for being used in public spaces. It aims to create unexpected encounters with users and engage them in examining their hearing health regularly. We conducted two evaluations and reported the results in this paper. Firstly, we compared the hearing test results of our design and the conventional audiometry testing. The correlation is 0.78 on average. Secondly, we evaluated the user experience with 12 visitors in an art museum. The nature sounds and interactive design provided users a feeling of calm and made the testing an engaging experience. Meanwhile, the visualization triggered users' discussions and reflections on the testing results. Overall, our design shows the potentials in raising people's awareness of hearing health.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationTEI 2021 - Proceedings of the 15th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781450382137
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 14 Feb 2021
Event15th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2021 - Virtual, Online, Austria
Duration: 14 Feb 202119 Feb 2021

Conference

Conference15th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2021
CountryAustria
CityVirtual, Online
Period14/02/2119/02/21

Keywords

  • audiometry test
  • hearing loss
  • public hearing test
  • seeking help behavior

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