Hearing leads to communication and guides to the amazing world of sounds. The ability to hear being an integral part of our lives, we take it for granted. Human hearing range falls between 20-20,000 Hertz. Hearing loss is a partial or total inability to hear. Hearing loss is the hearing inability developed by a person who never had a hearing impairment. The causes are many and the major among them being genetics, age, noise pollution, chemicals and accidents. The figures by World Health Organization (WHO) reveal that 15% of the world population, nearly 360 million people, is having hearing loss. The alarming number reminds us how privileged are many of us.
Classification of hearing loss:
Mild hearing loss: The frequency of the softest sounds that people in this category hear ranges between 25 and 40 dB. Those with mild hearing loss face challenges in keeping up with conversations in noisy surroundings.
Moderate hearing loss: The frequency of the softest sounds that people in this category hear ranges between 40 and 70 dB. Those with moderate hearing loss face challenges in keeping up with conversations when not using a hearing aid.
Severe hearing loss: The frequency of the softest sounds that people in this category hear ranges between 70 and 95 dB. Those with severe hearing loss face challenges in keeping up with conversations unless powerful hearing aid is used. Some depend on lip reading while others on sign language.
Profound hearing loss: The frequency of the softest sounds that people in this category hear are 95 dB or more. Those with profound hearing loss depend mainly on lip reading or sign language.
Trends in hearing aids:
A hearing aid is an electro-acoustic device amplifying sound for the wearer. There are different varieties of hearing aids to select from.
There are many among the 30-40 age category facing hearing loss and avoiding hearing aids, because of the unattractive look of the medical device. Soundhawk offers them a good solution. Smart Listening System introduced by Soundhawk looks like a consumer product. Smart Listening System provides better customer experience by wedding hearing technology with attractive design. The hardware made with soft touch plastics in Bose colors has the following components:
• Charging component
• Wireless microphone
• Sound Hawk application.
The earphone which weighs just 6 gms sits on the ear quite comfortably. The earphone with microphone inside has the listening ports on the top which makes the earpiece reversible from right to left. The accompanying Soundhawk application provides option to select suitable options depending on whether you are indoor or outdoor. The interface allows the user to select the best suitable option. The component comes with an eight hour battery and the duration can be extended to 24 hours with the support of the charging case. It is priced at $ 299.
By John CS