This hearing aid becomes a vibrating bracelet at night
October 10, 2017
Most hearing-impaired people remove their hearing aids at night, but 70% of common household dangers also occur at night. This means that chances of them hearing a siren or an alarm are low.
The Thai Health Promotion Foundation, together with the Deaf Association of Bangkok, has created a smarter hearing aid for Thailand's 300,000-plus hearing-impaired population.
Called 'Hearing Rescue,' it is a modified version of existing hearing aids that transforms into a bracelet at bedtime. 'Hearing Rescue' detects dangerous sounds, and then vibrates to wake and warn the wearer.
The bracelet can recognize potentially worrying sound levels, from a minimum of 60 decibels, as well as sound patterns, like those of sirens, barking dogs or fire alarms.
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