Social, Cultural and Systematic Frustrations Motivating the Formation of a DIY Hearing Loss Hacking Community

Aisling Ann O'Kane, Abdinasir Aliomar, Rebecca Zheng, Britta Schulte, Gianluca Trombetta

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Abstract

Research on attitudes to assistive technology (AT) has shown both the positive and negative impact of these technologies on quality of life. Building on this research, we examine the sociocultural and technological frustrations with hearing loss (HL) technologies that motivate personal approaches to solving these issues. Drawing on meet-up observations and contextual interview data, we detail participants’ experiences of and attitudes towards hearing AT that influences hacking hearing loss. Hearing AT is misunderstood as a solution to the impairment, influencing one-to-one interactions, cultural norms, and systematic frustrations. Participants’ exasperation with the slow development of top-down solutions has led some members to design and develop their own personalised solutions. Beyond capturing a segment of the growing DIY health and wellbeing phenomenon, our findings extend beyond implications for design to present recommendations for the hearing loss industry, policy makers, and importantly, for researchers engaging with grassroots DIY health movements.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Number of pages14
ISBN (Print)9781450359702
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2 May 2019
Event2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2019 - Glasgow, United Kingdom
Duration: 4 May 20199 May 2019

Conference

Conference2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI 2019
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityGlasgow
Period4/05/199/05/19

Structured keywords

  • Digital Health

Keywords

  • DIY
  • Health
  • Assistive technologies
  • hearing loss
  • social
  • hacking

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    O'Kane, A. A., Aliomar, A., Zheng, R., Schulte, B., & Trombetta, G. (2019). Social, Cultural and Systematic Frustrations Motivating the Formation of a DIY Hearing Loss Hacking Community. In CHI 2019 - Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems [301] Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/3290605.3300531