Get Back in the Crowds with Chatable

Get Back in the Crowds with Chatable

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As we near the phase of getting into the new “normal” – the social distancing of two meters can prove difficult in communication for many. There are going to be many changes throughout the entertainment and hospitality industry where social distancing may have to be implemented.

Individuals with a hearing loss already struggle in these environments and in group settings, whether it’s listening to an individual talking at one end of a table to another or trying to hear throughout background noise.

Today we are thrilled to be able to tell you about an app which you can use on your iPhone: Chatable – Hearing Aid.  ‘ChatableApps’ Groundbreaking Neuroscience-led AI, turns your smartphone into a next generation hearing aid, without the need for a hearing test

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ChatableApps has launched the world’s first universal hearing aid, using neuroscience-led artificial intelligence to enable those suffering from hearing loss to hear one-to-one conversations clearly, using an everyday smartphone and a standard pair of earbuds.

We had the chance to meet Giles Tongue ChatableApps CEO and was able to try Chatable – Hearing Aid in a cafe.
It was a great surprise when sitting at the table next to the front door which was also very close to the cafe coffee machine, that we could turn down the background noise and hear the conversation with the person in-front of us.
This means that for the short periods you are in an environment where you normally struggle to hear the person talking, you could use Chatable and hear them with ease.

Now you might be trying to figure out what the is difference between a traditional hearing aid compared to Chatable.
A traditional hearing aid which we all know so well, is a device that is used to be able to hear more clearly for the long period of time throughout the day and it is fine tuned to an individual’s audiogram.
From having used Chatable if we were to use it in our everyday lives it would be for the short periods where we need better ease to hear a person in a noisy environment.

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Those with a hearing aid with bluetooth connectivity could use Chatable as an addition to their hearing aid to get rid of background noise, but also have the audio processed through their hearing aid settings for greater details in the person’s voice.
We are very excited to see many of our readers use Chatable and we believe it will prove useful for many.

“Our unique ground-up AI makes our universal hearing aid the first app capable of addressing the global hearing epidemic.” Giles Tongue, ChatableApps CEO, commented. “Following successful preclinical trials we have decided to launch immediately due to urgent demand from audiologists to help people struggling because of Coronavirus. With many unable to lipread due to face masks or unable to visit a hearing clinic in an emergency, our app provides a lifeline that will help people communicate.”

Ideal for noisy enviroments

Despite the complex science and AI at work in the app, the user interface is simple. Once downloaded, the user simply moves two sliders up and down to find their desired balance. The volume boost slider enables clear and loud voice, while the background noise slider removes background noise, allowing users to hear conversations no matter where they are.

Ahead of launching on the app store, the app attracted investment from US entrepreneur Mark Cuban. Mr Cuban, who appears on the US version of Dragon’s Den said:

“Chatable is using AI to address growing health care inequality by providing an affordable hearing aid app that helps with conversation.”

The ChatableApps Universal Hearing Aid app is available to download now for iOS: https://apps.apple.com/gb/app/chatable-hearing-aid/id1494968908

The app is free to use, with the option to subscribe to unlock maximum voice amplification and reduction of background noise.  The full version is available for £9.99 ($12.99) /monthly, £59.99 ($79.99) /annual.

http://chatableapps.com/
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TAKING THE FASHION INDUSTRY BY STORM – WHEN DAYS ARE SUNNY AGAIN

TAKING THE FASHION INDUSTRY BY STORM – WHEN DAYS ARE SUNNY AGAIN

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As we self-isolate and lock ourselves away either with loved ones or on our own, designer clothes and accessories has been the last thing on our mind.

But why not take this time to experiment with style and fashion while you have the chance, because there is going to be one hell of a party when this is over.

One accessory that is trending at the moment and quite relevant are sunglasses, and as we are soon coming into warmer climes, here are some cool options for you to run your eyes over.

Here is what James Everitt our fashion detective and photographer has to say:

Tianah, the founder and designer of Christianah Jones, has taken the fashion industry by a storm over the last couple of years.

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Tianah’s journey in creating Christianah Jones started during her time at Uni where instead of studying, she spent her time travelling to different countries: Cambodia, Thailand, China, Japan, Korea, Bali and Malaysia; where she discovered different cultures, and of different sunglasses.  Tianah started collecting antique eyewear when she began selling them on Depop in 2016.

Whilst working, Tianah decided to design her collection which was inspired by her youth.  Christianah Jones made its first debut at Afropunk London, 2017, and after a successful launch, Tianah continued this success with her collections which was praised by Kaia Gerber and became the items to wear for Bella Hadid & Beyoncé who have been long-standing fans ever since.

Christianah Jones has now become a well-known brand in accessory eyewear within the fashion industry and has been a well-known brand at London Fashion Week and is also now stocked in-store at Selfridges.

Christianah Jones best sellers at the moment are from the ‘Shady ’Collection, Shady 1.0, which by design are slim, oval, many people have fallen in love with this design, and you can see why it’s on the rise with being such a slick design, it ranges in colour: Green, Purple, Yellowfins and Blue.

Shady

You can purchase other designs such as the Shady 3LW in Back which by design is a diagonal rectangle at an angle, I love the design of these glasses as they have a distinctive character and as all the glasses can communicate the emotions that you a try to get across with your fashion sense on the day.

Cool Designs

With each pair of eyewear, there is a description of what material is commissioned, Lens width, Nose bridge size and temple length.  My favourite part of finding out information on the sunglasses is some describe how they are typically worn, near the tip of your nose or as normal covering a high percentage of your eyes.

Since it was debut in 2017, Christianah Jones fans have grown astronomically within the fashion, music and film industry including rising names of Millie Bobbie Brown, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lady Gaga and Ciara…

Christianah Jones regularly hosts pop-up stores around London and most recently in New York and Paris which has proven to be a complete sell out.

While the rise of Christianah Jones is steady, it’ll be interesting to see what comes next for this fashion icon.

https://christianahjones.com
jameseverittphotography.com

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Stem Cells Are The Key To ‘Future Health’

Stem Cells Are The Key To ‘Future Health’

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I had just had the most wonderful news, my partner John and I had been trying for our second child for months, not long in the grand scheme of things, but it seemed like an eternity.

Then when it was confirmed that I was pregnant, and at my four month scan that I was having twins – we were over the moon. We had everything, a four year old daughter a new home and now two babies on the way.

Then we were dealt a devastating blow. Our young daughter had been quite off colour for a couple of months, and even a little before that. It didn’t seem worrying at first because kids get sick and there are some nasty bugs out there. But I began to get worried when she slept from five in the afternoon until sometimes eight in the morning, quite out of character.

Our local GP told us it was nothing to worry about, and as I became more concerned, I even drove a couple of hours to our old doctor only to be given the same advice. But I was still worried.

One Saturday she became very unwell and developed a rash. I decided to take her to A and E thinking it was probably my paranoia, but needed to check for my own peace of mind, my partner came with me.

They took a routine blood test and I knew there was something wrong when we were called into a room and was surrounded by consultants. Remember by this time I was heavily pregnant with twins and they were worried about my reaction. Our world was about to fall apart. She was to be admitted to hospital straight away and her chemo was to be administered immediately. They warned me she would be very unwell as a result of the treatment, let alone the disease.

Our beautiful daughter had been diagnosed with Leukaemia. I remember the hell we went through on the first night in the hospital, Louise was just lying there looking up at me. She seemed unaware of what was going on but we were all scared to death.

Fortunately for us, the strain of the disease was the most curable, and that was the news I wanted to hear. I had read up on all the options overnight, and was getting prepared for the worst. So when the consultant told us – we were extremely grateful that with recent developments in treatment, that she had a 95% chance of survival. It was good enough for us.

My mum and dad came in every day and we all stayed through the night on a rotor as the chemo was taking its toll on Louise and in turn on us. Added to the fact that everyone was worried about how I was going to cope with the pregnancy after receiving the devastating news.

But nature has a way of protecting us, and when a young doctor said to me ‘you have to be strong, after all you don’t want three sick children’. These were the words I needed to hear and I began to regain my confidence.

That is when my partner and I decided to approach Future Health to store the stem cells for our new twins, apart from their protection, there was a one in four chance that Louise could utilise them too.

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The representative from Future Health, Hannah was extremely helpful and sympathetic, and there were a multitude of questions I needed to ask her before we knew they were the right company for us.

It was something about the way they approached our situation, and their flexibility and simple approach. There was nothing scary about the otherwise daunting prospect of having a complete stranger at the birth, apart from the doctors and midwife, taking samples from the placenta.

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The day arrived, I had been booked into hospital for a caesarean due to my situation. The Future Health specialist had been caught up in a train strike, but they promptly organised another representative to attend the birth at Kingston Hospital. I have little memory of it, but my partner assured me that it was very nonintrusive.

The report came that the samples were very strong indeed, and we now know that the future of our twins health is covered for all eventualities. We have the option of requesting them for our daughter too if we ever needed them.

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As my parents always said, good always comes out of bad, and in this case the good is that we were introduced to Future Health, which has made a huge difference to our confidence as a family.

We would like to thank all concerned for making the process so effortless and reassuring, and would advise anyone who is thinking of stem cell capture to investigate Future Health for this procedure.

http://futurehealthbiobank.com/

 

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GET BROLLIED AND PREPARE FOR A RAINY DAY

GET BROLLIED AND PREPARE FOR A RAINY DAY

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However hot or cold our good old British weather becomes one thing for sure, we will always see a shower or two within any season.

So it always amazes me how unprepared we are – as if we had never seen rain before.   The traffic builds up, people run in all directions with no head gear or protection, looking amazed as the skies pour their hearts out to drench all and sundry.

I remember my Aunt Betty when I was a kid would sometimes pick me up from School, and I would wait at the school gate and see her coming, brolly first, often in the matching colour of her outfit. Whatever the season, she would always come equipped for the inevitable downpour. If it was raining she would make a feature of her matching accessory, dipping it up and down so that she would be visible amidst the torrent and make me laugh out loud.

I have decided to follow suit and have been doing my own research into the understated accessory. A bit of historical fact before we start. Did you know In Britain, umbrellas were sometimes referred to as “gamps” after the character Mrs. Gamp in the Charles Dickens novel Martin Chuzzlewit, as Mrs. Gamp’s character was well known for carrying an umbrella.

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Brolly is a slang word for umbrella, used often in Britain, Ireland, New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and Kenya.

So now you are up to speed with the heritage, here are some fab umbrella ideas, websites and locations for you to step out in style, defy the rain and take a leaf out of Aunt Betty’s book.

From the flowery finest – and the sublime to the ridiculous price wise.

http://www.umbrellaheaven.com/product/petal-swirl-umbrella-red/ at £23.99

 

https://www.jollybrolly.co.uk/plain-white-umbrella.html at £4.99

 

https://uk.burberry.com/heritage-check-lined-walking-umbrella-p39709851 at £550.00

 

http://www.luluguinness.com/scattered-lips-kensington-umbrella at £35.00

https://www.brollied.com/fallen-fruits-lovers-umbrella.html at £22.95

 

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