Who among us hasn’t dreamed of becoming a cyborg? …
Anyone? Well, maybe it’s just me. If there are any more of us out there, you will soon be able to get a small step closer with the help of Bluetooth hearing aids.
ReSound’s next line of hearing aids, the Alera, has a pretty impressive list of features packed into a barely-visible package. For starters, they describe it as a surround sound system that can:
- Map sound to the citical bands in the cochlea to mimic the human ear.
- Reduce amplification of unwanted noise.
- Recreate the unaided human ear’s natural directivity patterns.
- Remove feedback without removing other high-frequency sounds.
The big draw here though is that this thing is a Bluetooth device. They’ve got a series of ReSound Unite accessories so that, in true cyborg fashion, you can wirelessly connect and listen to devices like your TV, computer, and mobile phones without carrying around bulky accessories.
There are still some hurdles to overcome; you can’t yet wirelessly connect to devices using the power of your mind, for instance, and you’re still limited to the traditional human range of hearing. No bionic hearing here. Small steps though; I’m sure we’ll get there in time.
For now, aurally-challenged geeks or those with hearing impaired relatives can soon enjoy the benefits of a Bluetooth earpiece and a hearing aid in one compact, technologically advanced device.