Monday, October 10, 2011

The Hearing Processor

A mobile device hearing processor app. Imagine using a mobile smart device (iPhone, Droid etc.) as a platform for a user friendly but highly sophisticated adjustable hearing aid.

The UI provided so that parameters like parametric equalization and dynamics processing can intuitively be adjusted based on the listening environment. Adjusting is heard by the user in real time.

Touching the screen with the thumbs could alter a frequency spectrum based on the area covered rather than a dragging operation making the adjustment more like a graphic equalizer (though actual filters are parametric to avoid peaking artifacts.)

One or more bluetooth lapel microphones can optionally be used instead of the internal mike to do a better job of isolating the listened-to person(s) from the ambient noise.

Because the basic functions are software-only, the base price can be quite low. The processing power of the iPhone is more than adequate for elaborate processing of the received audio signal.

Technology has uses in recording interviews and conferences as well. In such cases, an iPad or other tablet device may be more appropriate.

"As a very wise sound guy pointed out, ear buds or other in/on ear device would be best (wired or wireless) for the aided listener."

NOTE: Some of the foregoing in this BuzzTheHill post is not fictional. Consider it a public disclosure and as such, to the degree something novel and not obvious to those skilled in the art has been addressed, the specific intent was/is to put it in the PUBLIC DOMAIN

© 2011 Buzz Hill

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