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Innovative App empowers the deaf with the power of speech

 

Hyderabad, India – May 10, 2019 — CouthIT, one of India’s leading embedded/application software development company, announced that it has partnered with 4S Medical Research (“4S”) to develop an innovative smartphone app called SEE SOUND LIVETM.. The App helps deaf signers develop speech.  It was launched in April 2019 and can be downloaded from the Google Play Store.

 

Dr. Krishna Nagarajan, CEO of CouthIT, said that children normally learn to speak by hearing their own or others’ voice. In hearing impaired children, such an auditory feedback is missing. SEE SOUND LIVETM on a smartphone provides an alternative visual feedback for interpreting the sound. The App also connects to a server on the cloud to upload information to track the progress. Developing such a product required expertise in speech signal processing, speech recognition, digital signal processing (DSP) firmware, Android development, and full-stack web development. I am proud of CouthIT’s capabilities that allowed us to transform 4S Medical Research’s groundbreaking idea into a nifty smartphone based solution. We are very excited to be part of this journey.

 

Dr. Shomeshwar Singh, Founder Director of 4S, said that SEE SOUND LIVETM is a new way to learn how to speak for hearing and speech impaired children and adults who have had very limited / no success with hearing aids or cochlear implants or speech therapy and who currently rely only on sign language. This app on your smart phone allows you to try to speak new sounds, starting with basic sounds like Aa, Ee, Oo etc and then moving onto more complex sounds like Oi, Aiee, etc. See Sound Live also gives the user a feedback on how well they are doing with articulation tips and volumetric feedback as well. By practicing these new sounds, the user is able to improve their performance in uttering these sounds one by one over time. Although simplistic in design, SEE SOUND LIVETM is using the child’s ability to process visual signals in attempting to speak. To our best knowledge, such an approach has never been tried before. Patent for this solution (See Sound Live TM) is pending with the Controller of Patents, New Delhi, India. We are very excited with the initial results seen from our patients.

 

More information on the App can be obtained from www.seesoundlive.com.

 

About CouthIT: Couth Infotech Pvt. Ltd. (“CouthIT”), established in 1999 and headquartered in Hyderabad, India, and consists of Embedded and Application Software business units. The Embedded Software development team is a leading global provider of highly optimized, best-in-class, multimedia middle-ware solutions to OEMs and Design houses. It also provides services in the design and development of digital signal processing software solutions for multimedia applications. The Application Software development team focuses on working with small and medium-size software development companies who are looking for an outsourcing partner for developing software apps that are scalable, high-volume and database-intensive modules. For more information, please visit www.couthit.com, or email to sales@couthit.com.

 

About 4S: 4S Medical Research was incorporated in 2014 and has carried out research work in the field of hearing loss and its treatment. Since late 2016, 4S Medical Research is exclusively working in developing See Sound Live TM – an innovation in the field of speech restoration in deaf and dumb children and adults. This work was supported by a generous Research Grant from BIRAC – Biotechnology Industry Research Assistance Council, Govt. of India. For more information, please visit www.seesoundlive.com, or email care@seesoundlive.com.

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