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Online hub developed to assist people with hearing loss

A new website aims to provide a one-stop hub for people who are deaf, hard of hearing or speech-impaired to discover new technology and learn from experts and peers about which products may help them.

Techfinder has been developed by not-for-profit organisation Conexu Foundation, which seeks advances in communication technology to improve the connectedness of deaf, hard of hearing and speech impaired Australians through education, research and advocacy.

Conexu chief strategy officer Rachel McKay said one in six Australians is affected by hearing loss but surveys show half of them were unaware of the myriad tech products and communication tools that could help. That, or they were simply overwhelmed by the constantly evolving technology now available, she said.

The website has been designed with the input of focus groups to make it useful and user-friendly and draws on the knowledge of experts at the cutting-edge of technology around the world to provide the latest information.

Techfinder aims to respond to the day-to-day needs of people and addresses all aspects of a person’s life from learning to working and socialising.
Site features include:

  • product reviews
  • tech resources
  • blogs
  • forums
  • how-to guides
  • video tutorials

Visit www.techfinder.org.au or www.conexu.net.au for more information or watch an explanation video, which is available in audio and Auslan versions:

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