Cognitive Hearing Aids aim to re-define the experiences of hearing impaired people by offering a decisive piece of technology that can differentiate voices in a crowded room. Smart technology offers people with hearing impairments a wider range of communicative tools, however the amplified noise in group settings or crowded areas can pose as a problem even for those equipped with high quality hearing aids.
To combat this issue, the Columbia University School of Engineering and Applied Science has crafted a decisive piece of technology that is "designed to read brain activity to determine which voice a hearing aid user is most interested in listening to and then focusing in on it."
Up until now, no other product on the market has tackled this issue. The conception of cognitive hearing aids would stand as the first non-intrusive method of crowd- communication enhancement for hearing impaired people.