Development of Hearing Aids with Frugal Objectivity

Poi Voon Er, Kok Kiong Tan, Hsueh Yee Lim, Arun Shankar Narayanan, and Clarence W. de Silva


Hearing aids, hearing loss, hearing impaired, binaural hearing


This paper presents the design and development of novel, low cost, effective and elderly friendly hearing aids. Three different designs are presented; analog, digital monaural and digital binaural hearing aids. The work is directly and immediately translational, utilizing existing technology to improve the health outcome and quality of life of patients with mild to moderate hearing loss. The objective of the work is not to advance new technologies, but to deploy suitable current ones in a frugal manner and proportion that allows a big group including the less privileged and elderly, to use the technology.

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