The hearing loss game.
UX Studio I: Innovation
Prof. Sung Park
Andrea Castro Yanes
Overview This quarter we have been given the challenge of designing with a passion project in mind. Our group decided to look at unexpected transitions, since Covid-19 has disheveled the average flow of education, we felt that we related. Unexpected transitions come in various ways, and we looked at a variety of unexpected transitions that piqued our interest.
We decided to focus on social isolation in Older Adults, a chronic issue that affects most Older Adults in the US, and is an issue we will all face eventually in our lifetimes.
Defining the Problem
HOW MIGHT WE
create more empathy in Older Adults’s social circle?
Older adults with age-related hearing loss (also known as presbycusis), experience poor communication which leads to anger, frustration & depression, and as a consequence, strained relationships and social isolation.
“What?” is a collaborative card game that fosters empathy for the hearing loss experience within social circles and alleviates the stigma and emotional barriers older adults with presbycusis face in their social lives.
How it works
What? Interaction Model
What? Feature Breakdown
The game presents 10 types of fun & engaging activities such as Say it Loud, Broken Telephone, Clap that Number & many more! The card includes a visual representation of the activity, instructions & the level of difficulty.
Levels & Difficulty
Each type of activity has a different level of difficulty indicated by the ear icon at the bottom of the card. The distance indicates how far apart each player stands at to increase difficulty & encourage movement.
Progressive Hearing Loss
The game comes with earplugs & earmuffs to provide noise reduction means that simulate varying levels of hearing loss. The earmuffs come with 4 foams pads that increase the level of hearing loss from mild hearing loss (32 dB) to moderately severe hearing loss (57 dB)
How did we get here?
Our problem space
Hearing loss in Older Adults causes multiple issues that vary from social isolation to physical health. Within these categories, subcategories of problems are caused, leading to strained relationships, emotional issues, and cognitive issues & risk to physical safety.
While all these issues affect Older Adults equally, we noticed that most of the physical and tangible issues are already aided by a variety of outlets such as hearing aids & technology; those of the emotional and mental capacity however are acknowledged less.
A mind map of our secondary research on the effects of age-related hearing loss
One in three people between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing loss and nearly half of those older than 75 have difficulty hearing.
- National Institue of Aging (NIA)
To discover emotional hindrances of OA’s with hearing loss
To better understand alternative ways of communications
To learn the impact of hearing loss on their personal relationships