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Hearing Aid Eyeglasses Use Bone Conduction To Amplify Sound

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The conventional hearing aid is long overdue for a face lift – it’s time to say good-bye to in-canal electroacoustic devices. The Wireless Research Engineering Resource Center (RERC) led a team of Virginia Tech students to develop NuWave, a pair of glasses that transforms sound waves into vibrations.

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NuWave employs Bone Conduction transducers – the same technology used in Google Glass – to provide people with hearing disabilities a new way to experience sound.

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Transducers on the NuWave glasses are ergonomically positioned to carry mechanical vibrations against the temporal bone to the inner ear. This design provides the perfect alternative to hearing aids, because NuWave glasses are safer in design and easier to handle; NuWave glasses remove the excess bulk and the relatively high price tag of common day hearing aids.

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After extensive market research, RERC is confident that NuWave will offer a hearing solution that will help users get the most out of life. NuWave glasses offer exceptional wearing comfort and a better aesthetic appeal.

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About Adam Bernstein

Adam Bernstein is the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Milwaukee's premier hearing healthcare facility. As the owner of The Hearing Professionals, Mr. Bernstein has over 20 years of experience in the hearing healthcare industry. He began his career in 1995 at GN Danavox, one of the largest hearing aid manufacturers in the world. After leaving Danavox, Mr. Bernstein opened two hearing healthcare offices in Chicago, IL. In 2001 he moved to Milwaukee, WI and opened The Hearing Professionals. In 2008 he added a second Wisconsin office in the town of Brookfield. Today The Hearing Professionals is the largest private audiology practice in SE Wisconsin. Mr. Bernstein has written numerous articles on hearing healthcare which has appeared in newspapers throughout the country and has been interviewed by news programs regarding advances in the hearing industry. Mr. Bernstein a member of Unitron’s Customer Advisory Board and a graduate of The University of Minnesota. You can email him at adam@icanhearthat.com and you can visit The Hearing Professionals at www.icanhearthat.com.

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  1. Are the NuWave glasses available for consumers? I have been wishing for a device that combines glasses and hearing aids (to remove the bulk created from wearing both at the same time) for a while now and then I found this article! If there is anyway I can learn more about the device, please let me know. I am very excited to see that something like this is being done. Thank you Virginia Tech Students for your work and Adam Bernstein for posting!

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  2. I live in Los Angeles. Where can I see and test the glasses?

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    • Syd, at this time the glasses are still just a prototype and are not in production. It is my understanding that they are still looking to fund the concept.

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      • Thanks for getting back to me. I wish I had the money to finance the project!
        If it’s possible, would you let me know of any other glasses/hearing aid combos? I remember seeing old adds from the fifties or sixties, big think things. Are such devices still being made?
        Thanks again, Syd Dutton

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