An app for those with hearing loss: Hu, Runge receives NIH grant to improve use of personal sound amplification devices

Congratulations to Yi Hu, associate professor, electrical engineering, who together with Christina Runge, professor in the Department of Otolaryngology & Communication Sciences at Medical College of Wisconsin, was awarded $163,946 from the National Institutes of Health for a one-year phase I clinical trial STTR grant for Custom-Fit Personal Sound Amplification Smartphone App.

The long-term goal of this research is to develop a high-performance, convenient, low-cost Personal Sound Amplification Product (PSAP) in the form of a smartphone app, to bring improved hearing to those who desire amplification in daily life.

PSAPs—sold over-the-counter and worn in the ear—transmit and optimize sounds for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.

PSAPs are relatively new to the marketplace. Hu explains that this research aims to contribute to fundamental knowledge about optimizing amplification settings for individuals with hearing loss, and to create a product that would provide personalized, convenient, affordable, high-quality access to amplified sound not currently available on the market.