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Project Team: Abrar AlSumyer, AlAnoud Bin Drees, Nora AlMadi, Sahar AlFantoukh, Sara bin Mahfo'd
Supervisors: Mrs. Najwa Alghamdi (iRannan), Dr. Yousef AlOhali (Rannan)
Project duration: Sep 2012 - Jun 2013
The submission titled "iRannan : Computer-Based Aural Rehabilitation, a Remote Monitoring and Training Solution" by Najwa AlGhamdi, Abrar AlSumyer, AlAnoud Bin Drees, Nora AlMadi, Sahar AlFantoukh, Sara bin Mahfo'd  and Dr. Yousef AlOhali, was accepted for presentation in 1st International Conference on Technology Helping People with Special Needs (ICTHP-2013), Febreuray 18-19, 2013; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

Join us for a Dry-Run of this publication's presentation on Monday, Feb 11th at 12pm in the research Center's Auditorium. We welcome your feedback and tips you may have for our presentation in ICTHP.

Abstract: Hearing impairment in Saudi Arabia has recently received considerable attention. Endogamy marriage has led to notable increases in hearing impaired individuals among children population from 7.7% to 18% in the last decade. With recent advances in  technologies, deaf people are now able to receive Cochlear Implants (CI) and therefore gain hearing abilities. However, Cochlear implants do not restore the necessary auditory skills, which are required to enable proper communication; hence the vital need for post aural rehabilitation. The main goal of this iRannan project is activating the role of home based training which is part of aural rehabilitation that patients who have had cochlear implants go through. It will help patients in improving their hearing skills in the Arabic language under the supervision of the therapist. In addition, one of our goals is to help the therapist keep track of her patient’s progress remotely.
We'd adapted User Centered Design (UCD) model, where we design our solution around the needs of implantees in KAUH. Requirements are gathered from KAUH therapists and patients, and refined through series of prototypes to investigate usability and accessibility.  iRannan provides a stimulating environment for patient to train at home, and a mean to the  therapist collaborates as if s/he were present in home. The significance is magnified in case of patients who are unable to follow up with clinical therapy for reasons elaborated above.
Date: February11, 2013
Time: 12:00-1:00pm
Location: Research Center's Auditorium, Building 2