Texas Patent of the Month – May 2021

The Texas Institute of Science has designed an improved hearing aid, which offers improved functionality. This system uses a programming interface which identifies a left and right ear. The system determines a hearing range for each ear, modified and adjusted by having the user complete an assessment of sound quality. This assessment could include subjectively identifying a degree of annoyance and a degree of impairment caused to the wanted sound. For instance, if you are trying to hear a conversation in heavy traffic, the user could identify the traffic sounds as impairing to the conversation and have the relayed audio adjusted. 

The hearing aid is also designed to connect with smart devices for easier control. The phone or tablet can then offer an interface to control volume and complete your sound quality assessment. Hearing aids can also cause discomfort, as they gill the ear and create pressure issues. The newly improved hearing aids are designed with an opening which allows pressure to remain balanced, and noise to enter naturally into the ear canal. This improved functionality and improved ergonomics offer better comfort and hearing to the users, improving quality of life in multiple ways.

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