Speech Development in the deaf
See Sound Live is a mobile app that helps a deaf sign-language user develop speech
Sign languages have been the native language for deaf communities across the world, and are an important tool for expressive and receptive communication for the user. However, as with any other language, the communication is limited to users of the sign language. See Sound Live started as an idea to provide an additional channel of communication for the deaf, and bridging the communication divide they face when engaging with those who do not know how to sign.
With See Sound Live, a deaf person can learn to speak by harnessing their heightened visual senses. They can start by speaking simple sounds like “aa”, “ee”, “oo”, and then eventually speak out bigger sounds and words. With regular learning and practice on the See Sound Live App, a deaf person can build a vocabulary of spoken sounds and words like Mama, Papa, Hello, Bye, and more!
How it works
The See Sound Live app provides a structured curriculum to learn the basic sounds, along with a reference of the visual equivalent – the colourful pattern – that ought to be generated for each sound when spoken correctly. The brain’s visual processing center uses the colourful patterns as a feedback to evaluate the sound produced. So, with practice, and by following the feedback from the reference visual equivalents, a user can modulate their sounds until the brain has understood how
to speak it correctly. Over time, with regular practice, starting with simple sounds, and eventually
more complex sounds, a deaf person can develop speaking skills.
Essentially, the eyes take over from the ear, and the user is able to ‘hear’ with their eyes, or see sound. The See Sound Live algorithm has been developed with extensive research, which has demonstrated that a deaf person can learn to speak using their visual senses, much in the same way that a blind person learns to read using their sense of touch with Braille.
To explore the See Sound Live app, please click on the Download link on top of this page.