Japanese student develops advanced hearing aid

A new hearing aid called Ontenna was the highlight at a recent fair for accessible devices in the United Kingdom.

Designed by a Japanese student, Ontenna can be worn on one’s hair and vibrates and flashes when it senses sound.

The device is now under development at Fujitsu Ltd., where the student heads a team that is looking to make the device commercially available.

Ontenna picks up sounds between 30 and 90 decibels. The device uses 256 levels of vibration intensity to convey the volume.

It can make a major difference in the lives of the hearing-impaired. It can help the user notice when the doorbell is ringing by remembering its vibration pattern. Ontenna also looks stylish, unlike regular hearing aids. When it senses sound, an LED light flashes.

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