New technology helps develop world-first hearing aid—8 March 2018

A world-first self-fitting hearing aid with a rechargeable battery and the ability to be set via a smartphone has been developed with the help of the Australian Research Council (ARC) Training Centre in Biodevices, based at the Swinburne University of Technology.

The new age hearing aid will allow users to optimise their listening preference of the device via their smartphone, tablet or home computer.

The hearing aid, called 'Facett, consists of two components—the 'core’ contains the user’s settings and the `module’ contains a rechargeable battery that activates the hearing aid.'

Users can connect or disconnect the module with a simple click of the device.

Researchers describe the technology as a breakthrough for the four million Australians suffering hearing loss, many of whom are dissuaded from using hearing aids due to the inconvenience of visits to suppliers for tuning, or to get battery replacements.

Media issued by the Swinburne University of Technology.

 

Image: a newly developed hearing aid has a rechargeable battery and the ability to be set via a smartphone.
Source: Wikimedia Commons CC BY-SA 3.0

Original Published Date: 
Thursday, March 8, 2018