By Richard Eastgate, PhD; Lorenzo Picinali; Harshada Patel, PhD; & Mirabelle D’Cruz Hearing aid technology has dramatically advanced in the last 25 years since the commercialization of the first digital hearing aid. The majority of individuals with digital hearing aids, however, use these devices as if they are a standard
3D-Tune-In brings together relevant stakeholders:
the SME digital games industry (Reactify, Vianet, XTeam and Nerlaska);
academic institutes (Imperial College London, De Montfort University, University of Nottingham, University of Malaga); a large European hearing aid manufacturer (GN); and hearing communities (Associations – Extra Care, Hearing Link, Action Deafness, Accesibilidad y Personas Sordas and Ente Nazionale Sordi); to produce digital games applied to hearing aids, addressing social inclusion, generating new markets and creating job opportunities. With Europe’s ageing population the demand for assistive hearing devices is likely to rapidly increase.