Listening Into 2030 Workshop: An Experiment in Envisioning the Future of Hearing and Communication Science.

Academic Article


  • Here we report the methods and output of a workshop examining possible futures of speech and hearing science out to 2030. Using a design thinking approach, a range of human-centered problems in communication were identified that could provide the motivation for a wide range of research. Nine main research programs were distilled and are summarized: (a) measuring brain and other physiological parameters, (b) auditory and multimodal displays of information, (c) auditory scene analysis, (d) enabling and understanding shared auditory virtual spaces, (e) holistic approaches to health management and hearing impairment, (f) universal access to evolving and individualized technologies, (g) biological intervention for hearing dysfunction, (h) understanding the psychosocial interactions with technology and other humans as mediated by technology, and (i) the impact of changing models of security and privacy. The design thinking approach attempted to link the judged level of importance of different research areas to the "end in mind" through empathy for the real-life problems embodied in the personas created during the workshop.
  • Authors

  • Carlile, Simon
  • Ciccarelli, Gregory
  • Cockburn, Jane
  • Diedesch, Anna C
  • Finnegan, Megan K
  • Hafter, Ervin
  • Henin, Simon
  • Kalluri, Sridhar
  • Kell, Alexander JE
  • Ozmeral, Erol J
  • Roark, Casey
  • Sagers, Jessica E
  • Status

    Publication Date

  • 2017
  • Published In

  • Trends in hearing  Journal
  • Keywords

  • Audiology
  • Communication
  • Forecasting
  • Humans
  • Research Design
  • Speech Perception
  • Speech-Language Pathology
  • design thinking
  • future-focused workshop
  • hearing assistance
  • human communication
  • Digital Object Identifier (doi)

    Start Page

  • 2331216517737684
  • Volume

  • 21