Hearing loss, a disability currently untreated in about 85 percent of those affected, may be the nation’s most damaging and costly sensory handicap. It is a hidden disability, often not obvious to others or even to those who have it.
Its onset is usually insidious, gradually worsening over years and thus easily ignored.
Most of those affected can still hear sounds and think the real problem is that people aren’t speaking clearly. They often ask others to speak up, repeat what was said or speak more slowly. Or they pretend they can hear, but their conversations may be filled with non sequiturs.
In just a short time, hearing aid batteries could be replaced by a drop of methanol.
Danish scientists are working on replacing the existing batteries in hearing aids with easily rechargeable fuel cells which run on methanol.
”We have come further than we ever could have hoped when we started this project of designing methanol-based batteries which can replace the traditional zinc batteries in hearing aids today”. That is what Leif Højslet Christensen, head of the Danish Technological Institute, and head of the project, says.
A new Better Hearing Institute study shows increased quality of life with hearing aid use
A new study by the Better Hearing Institute asked hearing aid owners to rate their hearing handicap reduction attributed to hearing aid usage as well as the impact of hearing aids on 14 quality of life factors. The key findings are as follows:
Senators Tom Harkin (D-IA) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME) have introduced S.905, the Hearing Aid Assistance Tax Credit Act. The legislation provides a tax credit of up to $500 per hearing aid, once every five years for any individual who purchases a hearing aid
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How Oticon's ConnectLine Microphone has changed my life.
Ok I have had a lot of time with this small microphone that Oticon released recently and here are my thoughts:
WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG? Seriously, it is the most wonderful product I have seen in a long time…maybe ever, for helping those “companions” of those with hearing loss. (And I know…this wasn’t possible before the advent of wireless technology so I get why it wasn’t available. I was kidding about that.)