image via Cece Bell Earlier this year, children’s author and illustrator Cece Bell released El Deafo, a graphic novel about her childhood as the only deaf student in her school. At the age of four, Bell contracted meningitis, which caused her to become deaf. She used a large hearing aid that strapped to her chest, […]
Out for comment: Shift to function-based, rather than technology-based, regulatory approach, and mandatory 100% HAC compliance The Wireless Telecommunications and Consumer and Governmental Affairs Bureaus are looking to refresh the record in a couple of old, but ongoing, rulemaking dockets dealing with hearing aid compatibility (HAC) regulations. Show More Summary
What if we could hear the numerous invisible data frequencies that swirl around us every day? That's exactly what a project from hearing-impaired writer Frank Swain and artist Daniel Jones aims to do. Phantom Terrains is the proper name of the effort...
Recording star Matt Nathanson's newest song "Headphones" will touch your heart. In this video you see Matt travel the world to give hearing aids to those in need. It's a beautiful concept and even more, a beautiful video.
This is a special guest post by Africa HEART, a Segal Family Foundation partner, for World AIDS Day. "Good Morning," I said to my children. They stared back at me blankly with no response. I wondered if they could not hear me. They were...Show More Summary
I came across a very interesting project on Indiegogo.com about developing a really small hearing aid that could be a radical step towards improving the everyday lives of people with hearing problems. It’s time for hearing aids to become really small and comfortable. As the founder of the company, Nevena Zivic told me, the tech […]
The Japanese Trustee handling the Mt. Gox bankruptcy has turned to the bitcoin community for help in his investigation. During a hearing in Tokyo District Court, Trustee Kobayashi announced that San Francisco exchange startup Kraken will be supporting the now 10-month-old investigation. Show More Summary
iHear Medical, which makes affordable hearing aids that users can customize at home, has raised $5 million in a Series C round led by Lighthouse Capital, a Shanghai-based venture capital firm that focuses on medical devices. Japanese electronics maker Brother Industries and Ameritas Holding Company also participated. Read More
Phantom Terrains is an experimental tool that makes Wi-Fi audible by streaming digital signals to a listener’s hearing aids: Each Wi-Fi element – such as router names, data rates and encryption modes – are assigned their own tones, which are sent to a phone and picked up using his hearing aids. The foreground and background […]
A deaf man has modified his hearing aid so that he can “hear” the presence of wireless networks. Writing in the New Scientist, Frank Swain says it’s an experiment to explore the way tech works for deaf people. With the modifications, the hearing aid makes different sounds to indicate both the quantity and type of […]
A team of scientists hope to trace the origins of gamma-ray bursts with the aid of giant space 'microphones'. Researchers at Cardiff University are trying to work out the possible sounds scientists might expect to hear when the ultra-sensitive...Show More Summary
“I wanted to find a way to make them totally invisible."
The remake of Do They Know It's Christmas was released this morning after a marathon weekend recording and producing session in London, and it's pretty good. I guarantee '80s fans will get chills when they see and hear U2's Bono reprise his famous line from the 1984 version -- only with a smart tweak of the lyrics. And there's a …
Many people with hearing loss opt out of using hearing aids because of their discomfort, poor performance, or simply compliance. This is probably even more common when the person is at home and would like to relax and crank up the TV. Show More Summary
New Scientist has a fascinating article on Frank Swain who has hacked his hearing aid to allow him to hear WiFi. It’s a great idea and riffs on various attempts to ‘extend’ perception into the realm of being able to sense the usually unnoticed electromagnetic environment. I am walking through my north London neighbourhood on […]
As the lead sponsors of the New York DREAM Act — a proposal to provide state-financed college tuition aid to undocumented immigrants — we often hear: “You should help struggling, taxpaying families that are in this country legally pay for college.”
Ever think you’d want a hearing aid, even if you hear perfectly? Ticking off the first box on my cyborg checklist, Australian Hearing and Siemens today announced it’s coming out with a hearing aid that’s “proven to outperform the hearing ability of a healthy human ear”. More »
Live Aid was the brainchild of Bob Geldof, the singer of an Irish rock group called the Boomtown Rats. In 1984, Geldof traveled to Ethiopia after hearing news reports of a horrific famine that had killed hundreds of thousands of Ethiopians and threatened to kill millions more. Show More Summary
The sale to the private equity firm EQT Partners and the Strüngmann family means the German conglomerate will not pursue a public listing for Siemens Audiology Solutions.