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45 Examples of High-Tech Hearing Innovations

From Deaf Danger Apps to Musical Vibration Collars

— August 14, 2015 — Tech
These high-tech hearing innovations help individuals living with hearing impairments overcome some of the challenges they face each day. With an increasing portion of the population facing hearing loss, these innovative devices are crucial for helping these individuals navigate daily life.

One of the biggest challenges for deaf individuals is communication. While some people may understand sign language, not everyone is equipped with this skill. To help bridge the gap between the deaf and the hearing, there are a number of devices that can be used to supplement conversations. Some of these devices include audible translating systems, conversation captioning apps and sign language-translating devices.

There are also devices designed for those who are not deaf, but still suffer from severe hearing loss. For example, there are cushioned wake up calls that use vibrations to rouse an individual from a deep sleep. There are also smartphone compatible hearing aids and smart wireless earbuds that help enhance environmental sound and noise.
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Headphone Awareness Devices
Headphone Awareness Devices
The 'SoundBrake 2.0' Lets You Hear Important Sounds
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44
Hearing Restoration Apps
Hearing Restoration Apps
The New Red Lion App Sees How Well you Can Hear
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43
App-Connected Earplugs
App-Connected Earplugs
'EarDials' Have an App that Tells Users When to Plug Them In
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42
Auditory Car Feedback Apps
Auditory Car Feedback Apps
The AudioHound App Can Hear Mechanical Health Problems Inside Vehicles
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41
Tongue-Controlled Sensory Devices
Tongue-Controlled Sensory Devices
The 'BrainPort V100' Allows the Visually Impaired to See
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40
Speech-Translating Applications
Speech-Translating Applications
This Free Translation App Helps Deaf and Hearing People Converse
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39
Hearing Aid-Providing Speakers
Hearing Aid-Providing Speakers
The LSTN 'Apollo' Ebony Wood Bluetooth Speaker Does Good
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38
Bone Conduction Earbuds
Bone Conduction Earbuds
This Bone Conduction Device is an Alternative to Uncomfortable Earbuds
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37
Volume-Customized Headphones
Volume-Customized Headphones
Even's H2 Headphones Produce Sound Based on One's Hearing Abilities
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36
Futuristic Ear Monitors
Futuristic Ear Monitors
The Noble Audio Kaiser 10U Offers Supreme Boosted Sound Quality
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35
Audible Alarm Glasses
Audible Alarm Glasses
These Alarm Glasses Will Help Keep the Deaf Safer When Out and About
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34
Sound-Preserving Earplugs
Sound-Preserving Earplugs
Earos Accoustics' Earplugs Were Invented by a Club Owner
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33
Nonverbal Communication Gadgets
Nonverbal Communication Gadgets
The Smartstones Touch is Perfect for Parents and Caregivers
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32
Deaf-Friendly Cinema Apps
Deaf-Friendly Cinema Apps
This Personal Hearing System Enables the Hearing-Impaired to Hear Movies
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31
AI Technology Headphones
AI Technology Headphones
The Nakamichi 'EDGE' AI-Enhanced Wireless Headphones are Advanced
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30
Superhero-Inspired Hearing Aids
Superhero-Inspired Hearing Aids
This Line of Hearing Aids for Kids Features Decorative Designs
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29
Extra-Sensory Vests
Extra-Sensory Vests
The 'Vest' is a Form of Wearable Technology for Those with Hearing Impairments
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28
Deaf Danger Apps
Deaf Danger Apps
This Sound Translation App Recognizes Risk and Notifies the Hard of Hearing
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27
Surfer Ear Protectors
Surfer Ear Protectors
The 'SurfEars' Ear Plugs Prevent Problems without Restricting Hearing
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26
Invisible Hearing Aids
Invisible Hearing Aids
Nanoplug is the World's First 100% Invisible Hearing Aid
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25
Ear Motion-Gauging Computers
Ear Motion-Gauging Computers
The Ear Switch is a Wearable Computer That Sits Behind the Ear
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24
Cushioned Wake Up Calls
Cushioned Wake Up Calls
The Baboomi Vibrating Alarm Sends a Soothing Sensation Through the Pillow
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23
Chic Necklace Sound Boosters
Chic Necklace Sound Boosters
The Wear Microphone Necklace Makes Conversations Easier for the Deaf
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22
Smartphone Compatible Hearing Aids
Smartphone Compatible Hearing Aids
These Smart Hearing Aids Will Help Users Stay Connected
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21
Conversation Captioning Apps
Conversation Captioning Apps
Transcense App Makes Conversations Between Deaf and Hearing Possible
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20
Sound-Filtering Headphones
Sound-Filtering Headphones
CES 2017's Stages Listening Technology Offers Superior Audio Quality
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19
Head Gear Generators
Head Gear Generators
This Chin Strap Harnesses Mouth Energy to Power Small Devices By Chewing
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18
Accurate Microphone Hearings Aids
Accurate Microphone Hearings Aids
The ‘Wear’ is an Effective Portable Hearing Assistant
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17
Hearing-Enabling Swimmer Ear Plugs
Hearing-Enabling Swimmer Ear Plugs
The FINIS SwimEars Swimming Ear Plugs Won't Downgrade Hearing
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16
Sonic Wifi Experiments
Sonic Wifi Experiments
Frank Swain Can Physically Hear Wireless Data With His Hacked Hearing Aids
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15
Sign Language Translating Devices
Sign Language Translating Devices
The Uni Sign Language Translator Helps the Deaf Communicate
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14
Audible Translating Systems
Audible Translating Systems
Hands Can Talk Translates Signs Into Speech Using Kinect Sensors
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13
Stylish Hearing Aids
Stylish Hearing Aids
Soundhawk's Smart Listening Systems Boasts a Contemporary Update
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12
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
Bluetooth Hearing Aids
The Halo Works with Apple Products to Improve the Listening Experience
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11
Musical Vibration Collars
Musical Vibration Collars
This Collar Allows People with Hearing Impairments to Experience Music
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10
Tangible Sound Systems
Tangible Sound Systems
Morimo Tactile Sound Module Lets You Literally Feel Your Music
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9
Hearing-Assisting Mouthpieces
Hearing-Assisting Mouthpieces
This Mouth Hearing Aid Transmits Words By Buzzing Users' Tongues
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8
DIY Hearing Aids
DIY Hearing Aids
The 'iHear' Hearing Aid Can Be Programmed and Calibrated By the User
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7
Hearing Aid Amplifiers
Hearing Aid Amplifiers
EasyTek Turns Listening Assistance Devices into Quality Wireless Earbuds
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6
Sign Language Eateries
Sign Language Eateries
Signs Restaurant in Toronto is Meant to Create Jobs for Deaf Individuals
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5
Invisible Hearing Aids
Invisible Hearing Aids
These Futuristic Hearing Aids are Designed for the Modern Consumer
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4
Armband Hearing Aids
Armband Hearing Aids
The Close Wristband Translates Sounds into Tangible Vibrations
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3
Hand-Speak Translators
Hand-Speak Translators
The Smart Sign Language Interpreter Bridges Gestures and Verbal Words
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2
Vibration-Based Watches
Vibration-Based Watches
This Smartwatch for the Deaf Employs Visual and Tactile Feedback
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1
Smart Wireless Earbuds
Smart Wireless Earbuds
Bragi Dash Headphones Play Clear Sound and Integrate Environment Awareness
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