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A hearing test disguised as a mobile game

Posted by Marc van Gurp | 15-04-2014 15:40 | Category: Health

Bekol: Sonar Invasion, a mobile game which is also a hidden hearing test.

Not only old people suffer from hearing deficiencies. 10% of the Israeli population has hearing problems according to Bekol, the Organization of Hard of Hearing and Deaf People.
They wanted to raise awareness to the issue, but had a hard time reaching the target audience. The solution was to use a medium young adults use most, their smartphones.

The came with Sonar Invasion, a mobile game which is also a hidden hearing test.
Using headphones, users were invited to listen and work out where the enemy torpedoes trying to destroy the submarine are coming from.

At the end of the game, users had a surprise coming: without realizing it, during the game they underwent a hidden hearing test which was developed in association with Bekol. If a hearing problem was detected the player was directed to call Bekol’s helpline directly from within the game.

Download the app here (iPhone).


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