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telephones are stupid.

TTY phones are worse.

bitchy IT people who don't understand that there *is* no secure realtime way to get in touch with you are even worse.

I think I need to go reread The Design of Everyday Things and feel superior.


Feb. 1st, 2002 07:46 pm (UTC)
Hm, that's pretty interesting. I never really knew how hearing loss works. I guess it makes sense that you sometimes have a hard time understanding me since I a) am a girl, so naturally have a higher pitched voice, and b) tend to not enunciate very well anyways. Of course, I barely notice when you ask me to repeat myself because a lot of other people do that too. :)

My mom's dad also had significant hearing loss (bomb blew up near him during one of the wars), but other than him and you (er, and Krista), I've never known anybody with any hearing disability at all. It sorta fascinates me. That and blindness, since although my sight is worse than most people I know, I can still see</a>. It's correctable. I try to remember to be thankful for that whenever I start despising my eyes.

Wouldn't it be nice if we could just get the whole world on zephyr? :)
Feb. 2nd, 2002 05:32 pm (UTC)
that should be adapt phones, not adopt phones, in my other comment...

I have some interest in hearing loss for a few reasons. One is that I love being able to hear. I love music, and i love the sounds of things, like trains or snow or thunderstorms. I would not like to become deaf.

Another is that my (aforementioned) uncle struggles with hearing loss, and is passionate about making progress in treatment. After years of speaking with him, some of it is rubbing off.

Oh, and that since he, and my grandmother, and now my mother to some extent, have hearing loss, its more likely that i will have some as well.

Finally, it is an interesting engineering problem for me. Signal processing (for image or speech recognition) is just sorta of cool. I enjoy the way that good recognition algorithms start from a really good understanding of the underlying mechanisms in sight or hearing. Also, enhancement of the underlying signal is as close as my work ever comes to art.


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