Here's how hearing aids work today: Oh you can't hear well? Stick this ugly thing inside your earhole. But in the view of a new company called Soundhawk, that's all wrong. Better hearing can be cool.
For centuries, humans have been using technology to make up for their shortcomings. People missing limbs got prosthetics. People with weak hearts got pacemakers. But, at a certain point, becoming a cyborg is less like fixing something broken than it is like gaining new powers.
At 87, Fidel Castro is not as young as he used to be, so it shouldn't come as a huge surprise that he wears a hearing aid—but that didn't stop AP contributors photoshopping the device out of images of the ex-Cuban President.
It's not often that you can indulge yourself with a shiny new toy and help someone in need at the same time. But with LSTN, an up-and-coming company that specializes in making headphones out of reclaimed wood, that's the whole point.
Forgive my ignorance, but the Siemens miniTek hearing aid "audio system" is the first I've seen that combines Bluetooth, mp3 and other wireless controls with the traditional sound-boost typically associated with these devices. Did the hearing aid just get cool?
If you're hearing impaired and you've already got a wireless hearing aid from Siemens, the company's new matchbook-sized miniTek box will wirelessly beam audio from any Bluetooth device straight to your ear.
These bubble-headed girls have created a device to drown out background noise from pubs and bars. Too bad it makes you look like an escapee from an astronaut fan club.
A company called Sonitus Medical is currently working on a new type of hearing aid for people with single-sided deafness, one that uses vibrations in your teeth to allow you to hear again.
In their steady march toward decrepitude, tech-savvy boomers will confront some weighty questions: How will we pay for Social Security? What's up with rap music? Why can't I connect my BlackBerry to my hearing aid? Well, good news!
The Songbird Flexfit is an $80 disposable hearing aid, the first of its kind, and it was developed by the Sarnoff Corporation, the same company behind HDTV. It's a one-size-fits-all behind-the-ear device for people with mild to moderate hearing loss who aren't ready to plunk down thousands of dollars on a typical…
Over at Gadget Lab, Charlie Sorrel is talking about his deaf friend's super-sweet insanely-expensive hearing aid. The Oticon Epoq's UK price is £10,000; for the cash, you get two earpieces wirelessly connected via Bluetooth to render more accurate 3D sound images inside the wearer's head. With all the obvious tech…
As if we weren't sick and tired enough of the whole diamond-encrusted solid gold bling craze that's going on right now, this Widex diamond-encrusted solid 24-carat gold hearing aid beats all, giving new meaning to the term "golden ears." You know, we don't even like to use the word "bling." Shit, now we've used it…
Since we last told you about Phonak hearing aids a year and a half ago, the Swiss company's made strides to further advance the devices' compact form factor and high-fidelity sound. The new Audéo Personal Communication Assistant (PCA) is available in two different styles and 15 color combinations. It's discreetly…
As boomers age, their hearing ain t what it used to be. They ll be interested to know that there's a company that's learned how to mimic the natural way humans hear. Using technology called digital bionics, high-end Brit company Phonak is now shipping tiny behind-the-ear hearing aids that pack a chipset inside that's…
I was in a hallway with two young ladies once. We smiled and chatted and stuff as we walked. In front of their apartment, one of them asked me something that I didn't understand. It sounded like "Wannakwam mwin". I said "Sorry?" "Mwahnnakwam mwin?" Not wanting to look like a tard, I just smiled and said "Yeah..."