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ASK SLASHDOT: Hearing Aids that directly connect to smart phones

mtcups (1613413) writes | about 2 years ago

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mtcups writes "I am a musician/IT guy whose hearing has suffered from VERY LOUD guitar players, (yes I do use earplugs now, but too late), and am faced with the outrageously priced hearing aids $4.5K+/pair and was appalled at their lack of integration with smart phones. It seems obvious to me that I should be able to control the hearing aids via a smart phone interface so I can shape the profile for different environments, and also control features like "hearing loops" and Bluetooth connections. I have done some research, but my guess is that the hearing aid companies want proprietary systems and don't want a smartphone interface since they would loose control and it would allow for competition for cheaper & better programs.
I am not convinced that a combination of good ear-buds, good microphone(s), and a smartphone interface couldn't totally replace these overpriced solutions.
Open source devices for the hearing impaired would be a boon, wouldn't you agree?"

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I can't hear you, I have a banana in my modem. (1)

TemplePilot (2035400) | about 2 years ago | (#41379909)

Maybe you'd do well to read Harlan Lane's, Mask of Benevolence [amazon.com] in particular sections referencing Audist & Audism.. There is also a section on TechDirt, Hearing Aids, Monopolies [techdirt.com] (April 16, 2012) and of course the hundreds of google spawned links [google.com] .

I think Bluetooth ones exist (1)

apraetor (248989) | about 2 years ago | (#41396277)

While I don't know much about the experiences of living with hearing loss, I do recall seeing settings on my iPhone relating to Bluetooth-based hearing aids, and a (cursory) glimpse at Google yielded: http://www.bingbonghotdog.com/2010/01/15/its-a-hearing-aid-no-wait-it-is-bluetooth/ [bingbonghotdog.com]
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