Hearing-device wearers report that assistive technology to contain background noise is still a holy grail and needs industry co-operation, according to an Action on Hearing Loss survey: Ninety-six per cent of respondents said hearing in noisy settings is a major challenge. Just 12% of hearing aid users and 27% of cochlear implant wearers are satisfied now. Help From The Hearing-Device Industry
Two new apps, CinemaConnect and MobileConnect, are devised for cinema and theatre fans to optimise incidental show dialogue for their hearing needs simply by calibrating the sound levels on their smart phones – even when hearing devices are not worn. A streaming audio signal transmitted from the movie screen or stage is detected by a user’s phone, with sound relayed
Several times recently, Sound Advice was asked what future hearing systems for today’s children and young adults, might look like. Remember, before 2007 iPhones and mobile, touchscreen devices were unknown – while developers are now addressing wireless, inter-device connectivity and miniaturisation. Connected Hearing There’s good news for child and adult wearers of future hearing-devices, who will
Today’s wireless technologies can link hearing-aid wearers to their TVs, PCs and phones, with audio streamed directly to hearing-devices as wished. The challenge however is to set an open standard for this wireless technology. Read: Hearing Aids Can Double As Wireless Speakers Each hearing-aid vendor offers a proprietary wireless technology, which makes device-pairing difficult. In
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