A Participatory Design Approach to Develop an Interactive Sound Environment Simulator Purpose Our purpose is to provide insight into the added value of applying a participatory design approach in the design of an interactive sound environment simulator to facilitate communication and understanding between patients and audiologists in consultation situations. Method We have applied a qualitative approach, presenting results and ... Research Note
Research Note  |   October 01, 2016
A Participatory Design Approach to Develop an Interactive Sound Environment Simulator
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Geir K. Hanssen
    SINTEF, Information and Communication Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Yngve Dahl
    SINTEF, Information and Communication Technology, Trondheim, Norway
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Geir K. Hanssen: ghanssen@sintef.no
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar
    Editor and Associate Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar×
Article Information
Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Special Issue: Internet and Audiology / Research Notes
Research Note   |   October 01, 2016
A Participatory Design Approach to Develop an Interactive Sound Environment Simulator
American Journal of Audiology, October 2016, Vol. 25, 268-271. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0005
History: Received January 17, 2016 , Revised June 20, 2016 , Accepted June 23, 2016
 
American Journal of Audiology, October 2016, Vol. 25, 268-271. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0005
History: Received January 17, 2016; Revised June 20, 2016; Accepted June 23, 2016

Purpose Our purpose is to provide insight into the added value of applying a participatory design approach in the design of an interactive sound environment simulator to facilitate communication and understanding between patients and audiologists in consultation situations.

Method We have applied a qualitative approach, presenting results and discussion in the form of a story, following 3 consecutive steps: problem investigation, design, and evaluation.

Results We provide an overview of lessons learned, emphasizing how patients and audiologists took roles and responsibilities in the design process and the effects of this involvement.

Conclusion Our results suggest that participatory design is a viable and practical approach to address multifaceted problems directly affecting patients and practitioners.

Acknowledgments
This research was partially funded by the Norwegian Research Council under Grant 227129/O70 (awarded to the ABRUMED project). Portions of this work were presented at the Second International Meeting on Internet & Audiology, Snekkersten, Denmark (September 2015).
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