Project: Augmented Hearing Experience and Assistance for Daily life

Acronym AHEAD (Reference Number: aal-2012-5-167)
Duration 01/07/2013 - 01/10/2016
Project Topic Augmented Hearing Experience and Assistance for Daily life (AHEAD) aims at increasing the quality of life of elderly by assisting them for keeping an active and independent life.1Challenges addressed and AAL-solutions proposed:Hearing, eye-sight, memory capacities decrease with age.They can be technologically enhanced but unfortunately, most elderly have reservations regarding technology. Therefore, this proposal will use of devices that elderly people have already adopted: eyeglasses and hearing aid.The integration of new technologies into these devices will result in new and innovative products and services.2.Target groups for the AAL-solution proposal:Thanks to two possible embodiments (eyeglasses and hearing aid) the AHEAD system can assist the large population segment of 55+.3.Technology to be employed:Both the eyeglasses and the typical hearing aid will embed a microphone turning them into a full communication device (inputs and outputs).As health management is important, the modified hearing aid will be able to measure vital signs. Finally a 3D inertial sensor would record general activity and risky behaviour. Our assistant will be wirelessly connected to a smart phone and be a part of a smart living environment.4Business model:The products and services offered by the AHEAD partners can either be acquired by the public health authorities (for the retired persons), while the elderly themselves or their relatives will be offered these services through the normal dispensers either being for hearing aids or glasses.5Target groups and end user participation:Applying a user-centred design approach (UCD), a high level of usability, technology acceptance and business aspects of AHEAD will be achieved involving all user groups. Primary users are persons older than 55. Secondary users will be informal carers and hearing aid audiologists. Tertiary users are represented by future solution (e.g. Bruckhoff, AuditData) and service providers(e.g Johanniter)
Network AAL
Call Call 5 – Daily Life Activities

Project partner

Number Name Role Country
AuditData A/S Denmark
AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH Austria
Atos Spain SA Spain
Bruckhoff Apparatebau GmbH Germany
cosinuss GmbH Germany
Center for Usability Research and Engineering Austria
FZI Forschungszentrum Informatik an der Universitat Karlsruhe Germany
Innovationsmanufaktur GmbH Germany
Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe in Osterreich Austria
TECNALIA Research & Innovation Spain