Washington Redskins NFL player, Reed Doughty, uses “the internet of things” for his hearing-aids to double as stereo, TV and phone speakers – thanks to Bluetooth links that turn hearing-aids into connected devices.
Doughty believes that ability to redirect hearing-aids as a personal headset “may destigmatize hearing loss for teens or young adults” in his situation.
Importantly, he says “Having full hearing, both in meetings and on the field [with waterproof, shock-resistant hearing-aids], allowed me to absorb everything perfectly, which led to me learning the [NFL] plays quicker.”
Doughty, whose hearing issues were confirmed when he was six, managed by lip-reading before turning to hearing-aids to retain social connections.
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