Tooth-Hearing Aids Get Approval For Use in Europe

Sonitus Medical's SoundBite hearing aid has been approved for use in Europe, but the Royal National Institute for Deaf People claim not everyone will be able to use it. The hearing aid is attached to the molar, and transmits sound through the jawbone. [BBC] » 3/17/11 10:12am 3/17/11 10:12am

Charlie Chaplin Movie's Cell Phone-Using Time Traveler Debunked?

Last week, the internet was captivated by a Charlie Chaplin movie outtake which appeared to show an extra chatting on a cell phone as she walked through the shot. Turns out it was probably just an old school hearing aid. » 11/01/10 2:20pm 11/01/10 2:20pm

PLUG Hearing Aid Concept Stretches Your Earlobes for Better Sound

Occasionally I cover my ears and sing "Lalalala, I'm not listening to your concept description." Today I'm covering them and begging "No! Don't punch holes into my poor earlobes and make me use this hearing aid when I'm old! Please!" » 2/10/10 5:20pm 2/10/10 5:20pm

SoundAMP App Turns the iPhone Into a Makeshift Hearing Aid

Two facts: The iPhone's microphone is fairly decent as far as cellphones go; and there are lots of people who can't hear very well. Hence SoundAMP, an app that amplifies and filters noises for ears that need a little help. » 7/08/09 8:10am 7/08/09 8:10am

SpeechEasy Helps Relieve Stuttering

This hearing aid-like device called SpeechEasy helps relieve stuttering by the "Choral effect." This effect, present when stuttering is reduced or eliminated when people speak or sing in unison with others, is replicated by piping a person's own speech back into their ear with a slight delay and on a slightly modified… » 7/24/07 5:30pm 7/24/07 5:30pm

Harmony Bionic Ear System

Boston Scientific's bionic ear gets FDA approval today, perfectly timed to save the hearing of Metallica fans rounding 40+. The piece delivers 120 spectral bands, which is 5-10 times more than the competition. Hmm...120 bands? I bet that makes the world sound as if it were in MIDI. The internal sound processor hooks… » 9/27/06 5:57pm 9/27/06 5:57pm

Solar Hearing Aid

Here's a heartwarming story for you this morning. Seems a Botswanan company called Godisa Technologies has found a way to make a low-cost hearing aid for the developing world called the SolarAid—using a solar charger. Strangely enough, Godisa is Africa's only hearing aid manufacturer, and the SolarAid uses what the… » 1/24/06 2:43pm 1/24/06 2:43pm