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Hearing aid calibration/assessment for children

Dartanan is a classic platform game in a similar style of Nintendo’s classic Super Mario. The player is a “dwarf” version of D’Artagnan (from Alexander Duma’s Three Musketeers). The player needs to jump over platforms, kill enemies, avoid traps, and collect coins, in a quest to  to free his penguin friend, who has been captured by a villain.


The main game has three levels, it is fun, fast, and colourful, in order to engage the players, especially children, who enjoy this particular kind of game. Dartanan uses a simple gamification technique: the player unlocks a new mini-game after progressing through each level, with each mini-game focussing on a different aspect of how hearing aids work. It has the potential for an infinite number of mini‐games that can teach players on how to calibrate the different settings of their hearing aid (HA) and they can use this learning to progress through the different levels. For example, by clearing a mini-game successfully, in the next main game level Dartanan will start with a bonus (+1 life, fire sword, etc.).

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 644051