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Amey learns to create a low-cost hearing aid with Android


[MUSIC PLAYING] AMEY NERKAR: When I
was going to school, there was a deaf
class in my school. And I was just
curious how teachers are teaching the
childrens who are actually communicating with each other
with the help of sign language. So they were having that
barrier to communicate with the rest of the students. RAJENDRA AKUL: Sound generally
is passed through the eardrum. But when the eardrum is
damaged, in that case, sound can be
transmitted directly to the middle ear or inner
ear through the bone. The problem with commercially
available bone conduction hearing aid is that surgery
is involved and that children cannot afford that much cost. AMEY NERKAR: There are
almost 16 to 20 million persons in this world
who are not having access to any kind of hearing aid. I thought, can I help them with
the help of some technology? In the childhood,
as we learn, like, A, B, C, D phonetics for
various pronunciations, they missed a lot
of those things. And that was the main reason
why we are having deaf as mutes, because they haven’t heard any
sounds since their childhood that they cannot reproduce
the sounds with the help of their tongue. I just thought, if
I can educate them with the help of Android device,
then it can be something great. And GDG helped me a lot to
get introduced to the Android, as I am from a
hardware background. In the GDG, you start
in various workshops, like, it was on
Firebase, Android, cloud. Everyone is learning
from someone else. It was like growing up together
and making something wonderful. MAHAVEER MUTTHA: We
were mentoring him in terms of working
on Android and working on [INAUDIBLE] products. AMEY NERKAR: My school granted
access to those students. And I developed some
things for them. They can listen to
the pronunciation of each and every alphabet
with the help of this app. So that’s why I added the
[INAUDIBLE] voice API, so they can type
the different words and they can actually
listen to its pronunciation. And they can gain
confidence to speak, also. RAJENDRA AKUL: If Amey’s
instrument is widely available, that will help to the children
cannot afford the surgery to hear at the very earliest,
so that they can develop speech. – There a lot of
problems out of there. Of course, I am
feeling very proud. We should do something
for our community. PRANOTI MUTTHA: I think
we should have many people like Amey, who thinks, like,
[INAUDIBLE] problem can be solved by the technology. AMEY NERKAR: To look
at that happiness on the face of that person
who is using my technology, this is their definition
of satisfaction for me. [MUSIC PLAYING]

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