The world of innovation in healthcare and health technology can be affected in many ways, from organizations as a whole to the everyday person. According to the World Health Organization, 1.1 billion people between the ages of 12 and 35 are at risk of early hearing loss.
As pocketable mobile devices have become more powerful and we’ve gravitated toward listening to everything on earbuds. Music, or sounds in general at high levels have had an impact on our overall hearing capabilities.
For those who are curious, individuals with hearing loss don’t immediately go deaf. The early warning signs are much more subtle. As an example – “If I wrote a big paragraph up on the wall and I pulled out every other word, it’s not like you wouldn’t be able to see that paragraph,” says Turtle Beach communications director MacLean Marshall, who was recently diagnosed with early onset hearing loss at age 40.
In the case of innovation in healthcare and health technology, Marshall’s company makes an audio system called HyperSound, that gives people with hearing loss a boost in audio clarity without changing the overall experience for the companions/friends/family around them. Circumstances like this can attribute to watching television, listening to music at a gathering, etc…
Innovating Hearing Aid in Healthcare Technology – How it works!
HyperSound uses parametric emitters to produce focused beams of ultrasound. You need to be in a sweet spot to hear the effect; the surface area of the emitter units is basically the size of the audio zone, and they fire audio straight out without degradation at distances of up to 25 feet – now that’s healthcare technology innovation with hearing aid!
Because the speakers are directional, you just point them at a single person in the room to enhance their listening experience. In a clever design touch, the surface of each emitter is mirrored. Basically, if you can see your reflection in both units, you’re in the sweet spot.
When you’re outside of the listening zone, you can still hear the audio faintly. But when you’re inside the sweet spot, it’s almost as if you’re wearing “over the ear” headphones, hovering a couple of inches off your ears – without the need of an actual hearing aid, that’s pretty cool!
The sound quality of the system won’t necessarily blow you away, the intended effect sounds like a tinny clock radio speaker. There’s absolutely no bass to speak of, so the system only handles the really “high end” quality of frequencies.
The end point is bringing the audio “closer” to your ears without the need of headphones or an in-ear hearing aid; they make dialogue sound clear, present and sharper, without the need of being louder.
The emitters, which connect to a little processing box outfitted with RCA and optical ports, are designed to be added to an existing sound system rather than replacing one all together.
Helping the Hearing Aid!
The way these speakers create audio aren’t the only unique thing about them, and you can’t just go into a store and buy them; you need to go through a hearing aid health specialist. Those specialists can create custom audio profiles for the system and/or device that are tailor-made to your hearing. There are also common hearing-loss settings already programmed into the processing box itself.
On the notion of a recommendation of a hearing aid specialist, we would like to give a shout out to the folks locally here at the Robillard Hearing Centers . Whatever the need may be for the consultation, the team will be able to provide the best advice going forward with your hearing challenges.
According to Marshall, HyperSound’s high-frequency emissions won’t bother your pets either. Or at least they won’t complain about it.
“My dog just looks at me when I ask,” Marshall says.