Friday, 12 October 2012

Negative comment on LouderTV

No good ★
by Amenapen - Version 1.1.0 - Sep 14, 2012
This app is not worth .99 cents. I bought a $200 pair of headphones with the amplifier switch and vol control and I spent hours fine tuning and I could hear better without it. Wish I could get a refund.

Dear Amenapen,

Thank you for the comment.
I am more than willing to give you a refund.

I must first know what's your hearing profile. If it is possible please download my free app, Hearing Test with Audiogram -
and send me a screenshot of your audiogram.

Generally, I have people with hearing loss to do a beta test before the release. There are still a lot that needs to be improved but I am hoping that this version is already alright.

A feedback from a beta user with moderate sever hearing loss:- that it is better then his old hearing aid but ... unfortunately cannot help him with news. The reason being that news reporter tend to speak too fast. Apart from that he seems happy.

A couple things to take note:
1. Tuning needs to be conducted in a quiet environment.
2. This is a min threshold test, hence adjust the level till you can barely hear the tone.
3. Use in-ear headset.
4. Place the microphone close to the TV or the sound source. For a headset without a microphone the microphone is at the bottom of the iPhone.
5. The objective of the app is to help people with hearing loss to watch TV at a normal level, it is not as good as a hearing aid.
6. If you are using a headset with volume control, please set the volume to maximum during the test and for normal use.

Thank you for your patience.

Wednesday, 10 October 2012

Donate your old iPhone to the Elderly

Just read the news about SingTel collecting old iPhones to be given to old folks. This is an excellent idea. I hope more will follow.

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Hearing Test is now on Android

Now the same Hearing Test program is also available on Google Play thanks to Temasek Polytechnic.
In order to have good accuracy, please use an in-ear headset and try to perform the test in a quiet room.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Watching TV in the wee hours

Sometimes I watch TV at night and have no choice but to watch in mute or lower the volume. Didn't enjoy the show that much. Later I had a wireless earphone, but for each use I have to plug in to the headphone jack as well as to plug in to the power, check the battery etc. It's a hassle.

With the new version of LouderTV, I have enable the microphone input on the iPhone. When a normal earphone (without a built-in mic) is plugged in, I can put the phone next to the TV and listen to the TV via long phone extension.

Guess what, that extension cost only SGD$2.00 as it can be found in Daiso.
The TV volume is set to very soft but I can adjust the sound on my iPhone to boost it up using LouderTV. With the new noise reduction feature, the background noise is not so obvious.

Give your iPhones a new life

As we awaits the arrival of a new iPhone and wondering how are we going to dispose of our current older model, a little suggestion:

Pass them to your older folks.
Download LouderTV and now your folks can have a simple hearing aid that will enable to listen clearer once again.

For better sound quality you might what to try this

=== Warning: I have never tested it before, and only saw it on this website ====

Custom Fit Adaptors for In/On Ear Phones

Wednesday, 11 July 2012

Accuracy of the Hearing Test

I was always curious with the accuracy of the hearing test. Here is the results:
Using an in-ear headset from Creative Aurvana In-Ear connected via a 2cc coupler to a professional SPL Meter in an Anechoic chamber.

Overall the accuracy is +/- 2.5dB with the sound at almost all frequency except at 8kHz.
The most accurate reading is at 1kHz with an average of +/- 0.05dB.
All the measurements are taking at room temperature condition in dB-SPL levels of 35,45,55,65,75,85,95 and 100.

Accuracy of LouderTV Hearing Test

Thursday, 14 June 2012

Happy Father's Day

From now till Father's Day,
LouderTV will be cheaper at $0.99 only

Monday, 28 May 2012

Thankyou for the support

Thankyou Tomland for the comment

"Great idea, but... ★★★
by Tomland - Version 1.0.2 - May 26, 2012
While it did a decent job of picking up nearby conversations, it did not work well picking up the tv sounds. Perhaps I misunderstood the app's intentions (the description is apparently translated English)"

======= Please see if this Helps ======================
Unfortunately, the microphone that comes from Apple is omni-directional and it is very closed to user's mouth.
1. My suggestion is to get an external microphone extension, in this way one can put the microphone closer to the TV.

2. Another parameter to adjust is to try the fine tuning on LouderTV while watch the TV.

My initial test with our trial users suggest an overall improvement while using LouderTV.

3. Perhaps trying retuning in a quiet room.

I do like to hear more response as we are trying our best to keep on improving the application.

Tuesday, 8 May 2012

Tuesday, 28 February 2012

LouderTV 助听器


为此,特别介iPhone 助听机,LouderTV。


LouderTV in Simplified Chinese.

Tuesday, 24 January 2012

Using LouderTV app for the first time

I have just posted a short video on how to setup your LouderTV app on YouTube
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Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Feel that your TV is blasting louder than it should be?

My (late) father use to avoid sitting with us when the crowd is larger than three. He has problem with his hearing, actually so are many many people, part of aging - they would say.

To me it feels like we are chasing him into his room, his own isolated corners. Psychologically this is not very healthy long term.

I remembered that I have the same problem when I was younger with my grandmother.
1 in 8 people in after they hit 45 years old will be having the same problem and this gets to around 1 in 5 at age of 70s. However how many of this people wear a hearing aid? -> Less than 10%

Are there other solutions?
Of course there are!

LouderTV aims to provide a flexible and affordable solution for them. Being an IPhone App the intention is to pass your first generation Iphone/Ipod Touch to your old folks for watching TV or having close conversation.

With self-tuning function, there will be no need to get an audiologist to tune the device.

Yet it can be adjusted to fit the wearer's personal hearing profile. By not blasting all the sound frequency at the same level, the wearer is now safer by not damaging the hearing nerves that are still in good health.

Technology advancement in small smart devices now allows sophisticated digital sound processing to be achieve with minimum time lag. Couple with user friendly interface and relatively cheaper hardware allow hearing impaired people to rip the benefit.

Try it today at Apple App Store -> LouderTV!