The designers say they can use the technology to first isolate then amplify the sound they want.
(PRWEB UK) 24 May 2013
Students at the Royal College of Art in London have developed a headset that allows wearers to adjust their hearing in the same way they’d control settings on a TV or radio, reports De Zeen Magazine.
The Eidos equipment is developed to enhance sensory perception by tuning in to specific sounds amongst a barrage of sonic information, applying effects to enhance the important sounds.
The designers say they can use the technology to first isolate then amplify the sound they want. The mask fits over the mouth and ears to let the wearer hear speech more selectively. A directional microphone captures the audio, which is then processed by software to neutralise background noise.
It is then transmitted to the listener through headphones and a central mouthpiece, passing the isolated sound directly to the inner ear via bone vibrations. The designers say this provides “the unique sensation of hearing someone talk right inside your head.”
The project was presented at the Work In Progress exhibition at the Royal College of Art, and could assist elderly people in the future as their natural hearing ability deteriorates.
A spokesperson from Hidden Hearing said:
“The development of this hearing headset provides an interesting take on enhancing hearing ability. For a more conventional hearing solution, book a free no obligation hearing test with Hidden Hearing today.”
With more than 40 years’ experience in treating hearing loss, Hidden Hearing is entrusted with the care of more than 100,000 people each year. The firm has 84 hearing centres across the UK, all catering for a range of needs and budgets. Specialising in hearing tests and hearing aids, the company also offer a variety of hearing aid accessories and in 2005, became the first dedicated hearing retailer to be recognised as an Investor in People.