In our Moonshot pitch, we introduced Bi-modal Bilingualism, and our Moonshot aims to bridge the gap between the deaf and hearing community globally.

After reading all the comments, we categorized them into two main suggestions: the first one is to arrow down either to one specific community or to one specific problem, and the second one is to decide whether the solution should be biologically-based, therapeutic-based, or policy-based. In addition, we learned from one of the comments that, we should not use "deaf people" to refer to people who suffer from hearing impairment. Instead, we should use "people who are deaf".

To narrow down our big question and approach to solve it, we also found some definitions that we previously misused:

  • Hearing loss: This is a reduced ability to hear sounds in the same way as other people.
  • Deafness: This occurs when a person cannot understand speech through hearing, even when sound is amplified.
  • Profound deafness: This refers to a total lack of hearing. An individual with profound deafness is unable to detect sound at all.

After a group discussion, we added more qualifications to our Moonshot  so that it targets a more specific group, and provides a clearer approach to solve the problem. Our Moonshot goal is now:

"Bridging the gap between the deaf and hearing community globally through the facilitation of the acquisition of Bimodal Bilingualism , especially targeting people who have hearing loss and profound deafness."

With the new goal, we have brainstormed the following 8 solutions:

  1. Develop cheaper cochlear implant or other technology that also works better and more accessible.
  2. Promote Bi-modal Bilingualism by offering of ASL in high school/college to satisfy language requirements. For example, require teachers to learn ASL as part of their certification.
  3. Biologically stimulate section of the brain for people who were deaf but gained hearing later on or people who were hearing but became deaf to better help them learn a spoken language/ASL.
  4. Create a better module to teach ASL to hearing people.
  5. Find a biological solution to lengthen the “Critical learning period” so people who are deaf have more time to acquire a spoken language and ASL.
  6. Develop modules or apps for early-age development that better fit the needs of people who are deaf.
  7. Develop a sign language  translator (that is like google translate) from spoken language to sign language and between different sign languages.
  8. Bring awareness to various job markets about the needs of people with hearing loss so they can be accommodated better and represented more fairly in the workforce.

Among the 8 solutions, we decided the following are the best ideas, and we would like to move forward with one of them:

  1. Develop cheaper cochlear implant or other technology that also works better and more accessible.
  2. Biologically stimulate section of the brain for people who were deaf but gained hearing later on or people who were hearing but became deaf to better help them learn a spoken language/ASL.

Our presentation could be accessible through the following link:

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1iB6KqMtY1HvajvwA4WAl1vvP-82Ih42Qjo7jUh73ez8/edit?usp=sharing

We look forward to hearing suggestions from other Moonshot groups, and we look forward to seeing what other groups are aiming to solve.