EarSwitch technologies and next generation hearing aids


EarSwitch technologies and next generation hearing aids

Wed, 17/08/2022 - 11:00 to 12:00
Dr Nick Gompetz & Dr Robert Adam
EarSwitch Technologies

EarSwitch technologies change ear-buds and hearing aids, from simple audio devices to the centre of handsfree control, communication and health and fitness monitoring, whilst helping address accessibility and communication problems. Spin out applications include control, modelling and detection of peripheral mechanisms of selective auditory attention, novel audio drivers and sound barriers, and future potential for wireless cochlear implants.

This talk will be chaired and hosted by Prof. Mathini Sellathurai.

Tea and coffee will be served at 10.45am


EarSwitch Ltd was founded by a general practice doctor, Nick Gompertz, with 30 years NHS experience, who, as a medical student, wanted to help people with motor neurone disease communicate for longer.

Robert Adam is Assistant Professor in the Department of Languages & Intercultural Studies at Heriot-Watt University, Visiting Professor, Trinity College Dublin School of Linguistic, Speech & Communication Sciences, Centre for Language and Communication Studies/Centre for Deaf Studies and Honorary Lecturer at the UCL Deafness Cognition and Language Research Centre. He is also a Fellow of the Association of Sign Language Interpreters (UK) and has worked as a deaf interpreter and translator for over 35 years in a variety of domains and has ASL/BSL interpreter and English/BSL translation qualifications as well is an accredited WFD-WASLI Accredited International Sign Interpreter. His research has included: deaf people who are bilingual in two sign languages, deaf people who work as interpreters or translators in the deaf community and other sociolinguistic research into sign languages. His doctoral research examined unimodal bilingualism in minority sign language communities. He is also Coordinator of the WFD Expert Group on Sign Language and Deaf Studies. He is from a deaf family in Melbourne, Australia.