Although not all deaf and hard of hearing people may be interested in hearing sounds, some are interested in being aware of what sounds occur, and when. My collaborators and I collected 201 survey responses from people who are deaf and hard of hearing to understand their sound awareness preferences. We aimed to understand their preferences among wearable and mobile devices and they types of sounds they might be interested in being aware of.

The figure below demonstrates an illustrated example of how three different devices could be used for sound awareness.
Three frames with a background include a bird chirping, a car honking, and two women chatting: 1) A man looks at his smartphone, 2) a man looks at his smartwatch, and 3) a man looks through a pair of glasses.
The survey asked about preferences related to six categories: mobile or wearable device, type of feedback (visual or haptic), type of sound (e.g., indoor/outdoor mechanical vs. conversation vs alarms), oral support (e.g., captioning), filtering and notification, and social context.

The results looked at relationships between level of hearing loss or preferred type of communication (e.g., ASL, oral, or written) and the preferences chosen.

This work has been accepted to the CHI 2019 conference. More details will be added after publication.