Tag - hearing



Dr Yilai Shu examines a young patient at the Eye & ENT Hospital of Fudan University on April 17.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 6, 2024
New gene therapy offers way to hear for some deaf children
The new gene therapy is focused on people born with a mutation of the OTOF gene, or roughly 2% to 8% of those with inherited deafness.
Pasona plans to use cartilage conduction technology for headsets for staff and guide earphones for visitors in its exhibition at the 2025 World Exposition in Osaka.
JAPAN / Society
May 15, 2024
Pasona to promote cartilage conduction technology
The firm plans to use the technology for headsets for staff and for audio guides in its exhibition at the 2025 Osaka expo.
An audio work by Saga University's Art Works to Listen and Imagine project is available on the internet.
JAPAN / Society / Regional Voices: Kyushu
Apr 8, 2024
Experiencing art exhibitions through listening
Events and exhibitions are being held to encourage visitors to appreciate artworks with their ears and imagination.
A Sapporo municipal official uses a telephone relay service at the city office in April last year.
JAPAN / Society
Mar 14, 2024
Phone relay service helps hard of hearing government staff
The service facilitates communication for workers hard of hearing and those with speech impediments by connecting them with operators online.
Aissam Dam, 11, the first person to receive gene therapy in the U.S. for congenital deafness, signs to an interpreter during an interview at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia on Jan. 16.
WORLD / Science & Health
Jan 28, 2024
'Game changer': Gene therapy offers hope for children born deaf
The treatment focuses on a rare genetic mutation that affects only a small number of the 26 million people with congenital deafness globally.
Aug 30, 2023
3M to pay $6 billion to settle military earplug lawsuits
The company will pay $5 billion in cash and $1 billion in 3M common stock under the terms of the agreement
The 3M global headquarters in Maplewood, Minnesota. The multinational conglomerate has tentatively agreed to pay more than $5.5 billion to resolve over 300,000 lawsuits claiming it sold the U.S. military defective combat earplugs.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 29, 2023
3M to pay more than $5.5 billion over faulty combat earplugs
Current and former service members allege 3M knew its earplugs were too short to work effectively and that it failed to warn the U.S. government or users.
Japan Times
Apr 6, 2023
Smartwatches offer lifeline for deaf Ukrainians
People with hearing disabilities in the country are vulnerable because they cannot hear air sirens sounded over loudspeakers or on phone applications, and cannot shout to guide rescuers.
Japan Times
Jun 15, 2022
Tokyo station trials sound visualization for deaf and hard of hearing
A train station in Tokyo started reproducing platform announcements and the sounds of train arrivals and departures onto a screen in the form of text and sign language.
Japan Times
Apr 21, 2022
Disaster-focused pictograms bringing clarity during crises in Japan
So far, the diagrams have been installed at more than 300 locations by fire departments, hospitals and commercial facilities in 29 prefectures.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 11, 2021
City halls tap AI to interpret sign language in Japan
A system jointly developed by the University of Electro-Communications in Tokyo and SoftBank Corp. converts sign-language gestures into written text.
Japan Times
Apr 28, 2021
Read my lips: Transparent face masks help deaf people amid pandemic
The firm said the masks were made in response to concerns by people with hearing and speech impediments who have struggled to communicate during the crisis.
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Jun 24, 2020
Starbucks to open first sign language store in Japan
Starbucks Coffee Japan Ltd. said Wednesday it will open its first store in the country with sign language ability for hearing impaired customers.
Jun 27, 2019
Japan plans phone relay service for those with impaired hearing, catching up with rest of G7
The government plans to launch a telephone relay service to enable people with hearing disabilities to chat online via sign language, government officials said Thursday.
Japan Times
LIFE / Digital / ON: TECH
Jun 16, 2019
Little AI things for life adjustments
A portable breathalyzer that offers drinking advice, an app that will sort out all your photos, and a hearing aid that can translate 27 languages — all with a little help of AI.
Japan Times
Nov 13, 2018
Deaf filmmaker Emilio Insolera flexes his superpowers with 'Sign Gene'
Emilio Insolera's "Sign Gene" gave the world its first deaf superheroes. But after writing, directing, producing and starring in the film himself, you might argue that Insolera is the one with the superpowers.
BUSINESS / Companies
Aug 27, 2018
Japanese and South Korean firms look to tap global hearing aid market
Litalico Inc., a Japanese social enterprise, will use a South Korean startup's technology to tap the global hearing aid market and provide hearing aids at a much more affordable price.
Japan Times
May 8, 2017
Entrepreneur taps Skype, tablets to offer sign language service across Japan
Imagine you're a hearing impaired person who wants to hire a sign language interpreter. The process is antiquated and lengthy. You have to send a fax to a local municipal government to make a reservation two weeks in advance, and officials then look for an interpreter whose schedule matches yours. Once...
Japan Times
JAPAN / Society
Nov 4, 2015
Deaf community hopes 2020 Olympics a 'game-changer' for better social inclusion
Peggy Prosser was sitting in front of a travel agent in Japan when she was abruptly informed that she would not be able to fly back to the United States to visit her family because she is deaf.
Oct 22, 2015
Japan to allow those with hearing aids to drive taxis and buses
The National Police Agency will revise the ordinance of the road traffic law to allow people who use hearing aids to obtain taxi or bus driving licenses in Japan.


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