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BioAid is a free app that allows the iPhone to work as a user-adjustable hearing aid

It’s so obvious when you think about it. The iPhone has a microphone, a computer that can process audio, and earphones – why not use it as hearing aid? That’s just what a group of scientists from the University of Essex have done, with their BioAid app. It has the potential to replace thousand-dollar hearing aids with a free download ... as long as users don’t mind keeping their phone close at hand.  Read More

Future hearing aids could be tailor-made to each individual user's needs, through the use ...

When a tailor is making an item of custom-fit clothing, they first take the client’s measurements, then adjust a mannequin known as a tailor’s dummy, to match those measurements. That way, as they’re making the clothing, they can check the fit on the dummy, instead of repeatedly bringing in the actual client. When it comes to hearing aids, however, clients often need to pay follow-up visits to the hearing clinic, in order to get the device adjusted so it suits their particular type of hearing loss. Recently, though, a team from the University of Essex have developed software that creates virtual “hearing dummies.” These could allow for hearing aids to be tailor-made for each client’s needs, right from the start.  Read More

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