Improving Accessibility: Supportive Technologies for the Hearing Impaired in a Set-Top Box

Schulz, A. and Hein, A.
The authors present a conceptual set-top box specifically designed to aid people with hearing problems. All audio signals (TV, radio, telephone, acoustical notifications) are processed by supportive signal processing algorithms that filter out noise, amplify and compress the signal as it is typically done in hearing aids. A synthetic face can be displayed performing lip movements to improve the speech intelligibility. The system can be connected to home automation networks to process event notifications and present them to the user.
07 / 2008