Several times recently, Sound Advice was asked what future hearing systems for today’s children and young adults, might look like. Remember, before 2007 iPhones and mobile, touchscreen devices were unknown – while developers are now addressing wireless, inter-device connectivity and miniaturisation.
There’s good news for child and adult wearers of future hearing-devices, who will by default access tiny wireless-compatible, power-packed chips. Researchers at Fraunhofer Institute of Reliability and Microintegration IZM in Berlin, are focusing to longer battery lifespan and wireless charging options.
Charging Cochlear Implants From A Smartphone
Researchers at MIT are using the body’s kinetic energy (from ossicles, in the ear) to part-power a tiny chip for implantable devices such as ear implants, pacemakers and insulin pumps, with extra energy from smartphones.
Direct control of hearing via wireless micro-chips will be viable from smart-devices of all types. In short, that’s one less remote control to carry for hearing-devices, which today’s youth wearers will appreciate.
Hearing-devices are already manageable from a smartphone, with today’s young people tipped to be particularly quick to use device managing-apps to locate their hearing-devices when these get mislaid at home or elsewhere.
Finally, a stylish pendant necklace from Wear doubles as a wearable soundfield. Wired earphones are used at present, but tests with wireless earbuds are on the inventors’ radar now that Kickstarter funding is secured.
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