THE DEVELOPMENT OF TELEPHONE AUGMENTATIVE DEVICES FOR THE SPEECH- AND HEARING-IMPAIRED IS RECOGNIZED AS AN IMPORTANT AREA FOR INVESTIGATION.

Award Information
Agency: Department of Health and Human Services
Branch: N/A
Contract: N/A
Agency Tracking Number: 5309
Amount: $50,000.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 1986
Solicitation Year: N/A
Solicitation Topic Code: N/A
Solicitation Number: N/A
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Po Box 12696, Rsch Triangle Park, NC, 27709
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Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 DAVID P COLVIN
 PRINCIPAL INVESTIGATOR
 (919) 467-2878
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Abstract
THE DEVELOPMENT OF TELEPHONE AUGMENTATIVE DEVICES FOR THE SPEECH- AND HEARING-IMPAIRED IS RECOGNIZED AS AN IMPORTANT AREA FOR INVESTIGATION. SPECIFICALLY, THE DEVELOPMENT OF A POCKET-SIZED AID THAT IS SIMPLE ENOUGH FOR CHILDREN AND APPROPRIATELY INEXPENSIVE FOR LOWER-INCOME INDIVIDUALS IS SEEN AS NEEDING FURTHER ATTENTION. IN THIS PHASE I PROGRAM,RESEARCHERS WILL (1) DEVELOP AND TEST, WITH THE AID OF TRAINED CLINICIANS, SOME PROTOTYPE RECEIVE-ONLY DEVICES FOR USE WITH THE TELEPHONE; (2) IDENTIFY THE MORE SOPHISTICATED REQUIREMENTS FOR A MORE ADVANCED DEVICE, WITH THE AID OF A PROGRAMMED MICROCOMPUTER; AND (3) DESIGN AND FABRICATE A BREADBOARD CIRCUIT THAT CONTAINS THE FEATURES (INCLUDING SPEECH SYNTHESIS) INTO THE ADVANCED DEVICE. IF THE ANTICI- PATED RESULTS CONFIRM THE EFFICACY OF THE DEVICE, THE PROTOTYPE CIRCUIT WOULD LATER BE IMPROVED AND DEVELOPED FOR CLINICAL TESTING DURING PHASE II. THE DEVELOPMENT OF SUCH ASIMPLE TWO-WAY, AUGMENTATIVE AID FOR TELEPHONE USAGE BY THE SPEECH/HEARING-IMPAIRED WOULD BE OF SIGNIFICANT BENEFIT TO THAT SEGMENT OF SOCIETY, PRESENT AN OPPORTUNITY FOR COMMERCIALIZATION, AND LOWER STILL ANOTHER BARRIER FOR HANDICAPPED CITIZENS.

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