This thesis project set out to empower people born deaf or hearing impaired in their everyday lives. An important aspect was to avoid a common fallacy - a solution designed from an audist’s perspective. Thus, the whole process was continually inspired by and validated with the target group: three people representing the spectrum of hearing impairment, a tinnitus group, and the youth center DUKiS for the hearing impaired in Stockholm. This resulted in a wearable that enables users to seamlessly get eachother’s attention through haptics - and if desired - take part in the everyday soundscape.
introduction | hearing through haptics
A short animation showing the two main aspects of the Waveband, and how they fit into the world of hearing impairment.
background | framing the issue
hearing impairment since birth
Cochlear implants can help people with severe hearing loss understand up to 85% of conversations.
first interviews | building a relation
Input from touch
Brain's processing capacity
Input from eyes
Input from ears
workshop | insights and opportunities
ideation | getting someone's attention
validation | scenarios
waveband | result
uid talks 2019 | exhibition