Dear Kawita Thani the stories like yours are the reason I began this project and I personally had a similar experience with my own grandmother's passing. Thank you very much for sharing, and my thoughts are with you and your sister - may your father rest in peace. I too believe hearing is the last thing that goes. Sincerely yours, Yoko
Dear Morgan, thank you for this message - and your thoughtful message back in June - and I am sorry it has taken so long to get back to you.
Last month I had a terrible burnout and nearly given it all up. Then I emerged by deciding to fly along with this quote: "Pursue something so important that even if you fail, the world is better of with you having tried." (Tim O'Reilly)
Your message just made it all worthwhile.
I would absolutely love to hear your feedback/advice from the nursing and healthcare perspective. I would also love to share what we are discovering through our design research on identifying how sound impacts an individual's environment, experience, and emotions. We are collaborating with Sibley Memorial Hospital's innovation hub (http://www.sibleyhub.com) to deepen our understanding on people's needs - especially where the needs of patients and healthcare staff intersect.
As an expert patient I am a firm believer that the heart of patient experience is the compassionate interaction with the staff, more than anything else - so the solution we are currently ideating (to improve sound environment in hospitals) needs to be something that can provide safety and comfort not just for patients but also for the hardworking staff like you.
Thank you for doing the work you do.
I'd love to set up some time to speak with you via Skype if you are interested. My personal contact info is below.