Hearing aid research is mind blowing
Post on 12th June 2019
There’s more than a touch of science fiction becoming fact with news that boffins have created a mind-controlled hearing aid to focus on particular voices.
It’s early days yet for the experimental technology which would transform the ability of those with hearing loss to cope with noisy environments. As even advanced hearing aids haven’t cracked this issue yet it could be a real breakthrough.
Researchers at Columbia University in New York have come up with a device that mimics the brain’s natural aptitude to single out and amplify one voice against background conversation. The technology uses a combination of artificial intelligence and sensors designed to monitor the listener’s brain activity.
The prototype has been tested by using implants in the brain and has yet to be used on those with hearing impairment. The hope is to create a non-invasive version within the next five years, which would be placed on the scalp or around the ear.
The research has been reported in the journal Science Advances.
While this kind of aid is for the future, today’s hearing aids can make a real difference now to give a better quality of life so people with hearing loss can pick up sounds and conversations, join in and feel less isolated.
With NHS hearing tests and digital hearing aids readily available on the high street, it is easy to seek help.
If you are concerned about your hearing please call in at your local Scrivens branch for advice. Scrivens recommends an annual hearing health check for anyone over 50 to identify any changes and see what action is needed.
Its branches provide a free NHS hearing service for people who are eligible and have been referred by their GP.
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