Ear Buds to Hearing Aids

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro are tested as a hearing aids — the results are here:

By James Archer 3 days ago

Study finds Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro can help with hearing loss

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

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The Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro has an Ambient Sound mode that uses onboard microphones to pick up and amplify sounds that you’d otherwise struggle to hear with the headphones in. Conceptually it’s no different to the transparency modes on many other wireless earbuds, but a new study has suggested the feature could make the Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro an alternative to dedicated hearing aids.

The study, conducted by the Samsung Medical Center and published in the peer-reviewed Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology journal, involved 18 participants with mild or moderate hearing loss. Of these, 57.6% reported that using the Galaxy Buds Pro was beneficial to their hearing in quiet environments.

It’s important to note the limitations of such a small sample size, as well as the fact that conventional hearing aids outperformed the Galaxy Buds Pro — especially in noisy environments, where only 26.3% of participants reported a benefit from the Samsung earbuds.

But while Samsung isn’t advocating the Galaxy Buds Pro as a one-to-one replacement to hearing aids, the study does make a good point in suggesting headphones with ambient/transparency modes could be useful in low- and middle-income countries, where hearing aids are prohibitively expensive. RECOMMENDED VIDEOS FOR YOU…CLOSEVolume 0%PLAY SOUNDThis video file cannot be played.(Error Code: 203000)

The World Health Organization’s research on deafness and hearing loss, cited in the Samsung study, notes that 80% of people with disabling hearing loss live in these countries, and that only 17% of those who could benefit from a hearing loss actually wear one.

Hearing aids can be free at the point of use in some countries, like the U.K., though elsewhere the $199 Galaxy Buds Pro could feasibly be seen as a more attainable alternative to hearing aids that typically cost several times as much. Even if it’s not as effective, and has a battery life lasting a few hours (instead of several days like most hearing aids).

Samsung has focused on the therapeutic qualities of the Galaxy Buds Pro before. In January it released a software update that added the ability to adjust volume on the left and right Galaxy Buds Pro independently, potentially helping those with worse hearing in one ear than another.

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super hearing coming


Google’s Project Wolverine is a HEARING AID in the future


Google’s X division has been secretly working on a fascinating project it calls “Wolverine.” It has to do with technology that enhances augmented reality (AR) applications. Google’s X division focuses exclusively on “moonshot” projects.
Project Wolverine is all about supplying users with a wearable device that employs directional microphones to enable “super hearing.” It’s a reference to the X-Men character Wolverine. The technology is still being fleshed out. The idea is that these directional microphones will connect to ear pods and likely work in conjunction with both outward- and inward-facing cameras on a pair of glasses or some other wearable device. This will allow the sensor-packed hardware to know who we are focusing on in the noisy room. And then we can direct the microphones to zero in on what that person is saying. The mics will filter out the background noise so we can hear our target clearly. This technology is called speech segregation, and I think it is the future.

. Speech segregation solves the problem of hearing in a noisy environment. We can imagine using this device at events like restaurants or parties to focus in on the person we are speaking to. This cuts through all the chaos in common areas. Of course, the same dynamic is true for any other event or gathering. This tech would be useful even at our holiday dinners or cocktail parties. So I think that every company working on AR will ultimately adopt this technology. It just makes too much sense.
However, there are major privacy concerns with this. It’s easy to imagine how this tech could be used for nefarious purposes. Bad actors could eavesdrop on private conversations happening at coffee shops, restaurants, and town squares.

And then there’s Google… We already know that Google’s goal is to extract as much behavioral data from us as possible. The company packages this data into a detailed dossier that it sells to anyone willing to pay. In this way, the argument could be made that Google knows many of us better than we know ourselves. Now, imagine Google pairing facial recognition technology with speech segregation. Suddenly, Google can document exactly what we are talking about out in public. That gives it an even more invasive framework in which to build its profile on us. So this is incredibly useful technology that I believe will gain rapid adoption. But as with everything, we need to be diligent about how it is used. Let us hope that other Corporations will adopt this technology for the common good.

Many “DIRECTIONAL HEARING AIDS ” have been on the market beginning about 50 years ago with Maico Hearing aid Company. I introduced that hearing aid in the Los Angeles county on TV, radio and the Los Angeles Times 3/4 page advertisement. I formed an advertising group of Southern Calif. Specialists. I was the President of “The Guild of Hearing Aid Disp.”

The BTE Hearing aid had 2 mics (Knowles) in a behind ear hearing aid. The front facing mic amplified the full sound. The rear facing mic reduced the sound coming from the rear, about 40% . They provide a significant benefit. The idea has been copied by most every other company since.
But today, when these mics are coupled with more mics. and the advanced technology that is described above, we will see great advances of HEARING IN NOISY SITUATIONS..

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Provider/seller ear molds cost from $80 to $250 each, hat is, the person who sold you your hearing aid.

 Some of  the popular Audiologist from Laboratory earmolds are at the left in the below photo. They cost from $80 to $250 EACH, DEPENDING ON YOUR HEARING AID PROVIDER’s FEE who sold and adjusted it.. 

Those above, on the left, are Lab molds, made of Lucite, acrylic and Urethane hard plastic and these particular molds are made for BTE, Behind The Ear Hearing aids. They require an impression of your ear be taken, mailed to a factory where the ear mold is made and mailed back to the seller. Upon receipt, the seller calls you for an appointment. This entire process typically takes from 9 to 21 days. You may also need to return to fix problems and make adjustments.

The remaining earmolds above on the right are made for BTE hearing Aids. Those in the center are for RIC and Open Fit hearing aids. They are  DIY from HCPB Ear mold Kits that are made from flexible Medical Grade Silicone rubber putty at a cost of $2 Each to $12 Each. They take only 10 minutes to make in your own home

You are in control HCPB rar molds for your satisfaction. They are available in 3 skin colors, Tan, Brown and Dark Brown. They work with ALL BRANDS and MODEL Hearing Aids and are shipped PRIORITY in 2 to 3 day USPS FREE.

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