Newborn hearing diagnostic device
A project by April Anlage, Jad Ojjeh, Kevin McDonough, Neil Nelson, Olivia Yao, Tyler Wilson, Yuru Zhang
The goal of the project was to create a hearing diagnostic tool for newborns that is cost effective and can be used universally, without a barrier of language.
If hearing disabilities are not found early on in child development the damage is irreparable as the child has grown several years without sound or language skills.
These devices cost between $5,000 - $25,000 USD and are unavailiable in many places of the world. They are also difficult to use.
Using Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) technology, tests could be done in 30 seconds, with the child awake.
There is no universal symbol for deafness, though there are adopted symbols region by region. We created images and indicators for a single button and intuitive system, needing little to no training to use
In the end the device was simple, durable and cost around $500 USD