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Induction Loops

Induction Loops An induction loop is basically a coil of wire that surrounds an area in which people with hearing loss will be located. Loops are typically installed under the carpet or around the tops of the walls of a room, where they meet the ceiling. The loops are attached to an amplifier, which is fed by a sound source ...

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American Sign Language

Sign language can be an effective communications strategy for people with hearing loss. Sign language includes several systems of manual expression, ranging from American Sign Language (ASL) to various varieties of signed English. These systems have the common advantage that they don’t rely on hearing as a basis for communication. They have the common disadvantages that they are only of ...

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Weather Radio for People with Hearing Loss

Weather Radio for People with Hearing Loss Now that the “violent weather season” is here or approaching (depending on where you live) you’ll probably want to check out a wonderful website that explains how people with hearing loss can be assured of being alerted in the event of impending dangerous weather. Developed in part by Vincent (Bim) Wood, who is ...

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Smoke alarms

Smoke alarms for people with hearing loss Smoke Alarms save untold lives every year, because they awaken people before a fire has spread enough to prevent their escape. They only work, of course, if the people can perceive their warning signal. Audio smoke alarms are useless for hearing impaired people, including those who are hard of hearing, late deafened, and ...

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Conforma Hearing Aid

Conforma Hearing Aid Editor: Innovation in hearing aids continues at an unprecedented pace. We’ll have to wait and see if any of these new ideas catch on, but it’s good to see that people are thinking about ways to improve hearing technology. Sonic Innovations recently introduced a hearing aid that uses a soft cover over the electronics core, so no ...

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TICA Implantable Hearing Aid

TICA Implantable Hearing Aid IMPLEX AG Hearing Technology of Germany has developed a fully implantable hearing aid, which they call the TICA. The first implantation was performed in December 1999, following European approval of the device. In a normal ear, sound waves enter the ear canal and vibrate the eardrum, which in turn vibrates the three hearing bones (hammer, anvil, ...

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Vibrant Soundbridge Implantable Hearing Aid

FDA Approves Symphonix Devices’ Vibrant Soundbridge Hearing Aid Editor: The Vibrant Soundbridge Hearing Aid is another of the implantable hearing aids that are starting to hit the market. This system works through mechanical coupling to the hearing bones, rather than by amplifying sound. Here are excerpts from the press release

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Insonus Implantable Hearing Aid

Insonus Implantable Hearing Aid InSonus Medical Inc is working on a new hearing aid that is implanted in the ear canal without requiring surgery. The company claims that that the device, which weighs less than a gram, is the world’s most efficient and smallest hearing enhancement device. Because they require less than 10% of the power of a standard hearing ...

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Oticon Hearing Aids

Oticon Hearing Aids Adapto(TM), the first voice-activated hearing aid that gives priority to human voice over other sounds in the environment, was just cleared for marketing by the Food and Drug Administration. Similar to the technology used in voice-activated telephones and computer software, Adapto uses a miniature computer chip feature called VoiceFinder(TM) that “finds” or detects speech signals in the ...

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