Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI)
Human Computer Interaction Conference
4 - 6 July 2018
This paper presents a novel machine learning prototype to actively assist hearing-impaired people during sleeping hours. The prototype can learn ambient sounds and intelligently decide if they are indicative of dangerous situations such as warning alarms, or if they are merely unimportant background sounds. The application is targeted towards the hearing-impaired who will have removed hearing aids or external components of cochlear implants before sleep. Any sounds of importance can then be translated into vibrations to awaken the sleeping hearing impaired user. The system is suggestive of future smart interactive machines to assist and protect those with either hearing loss or profound deafness.