Hearing loss is obviously a serious problem affecting many people. What’s perhaps not as obvious is that impairment can take place unequally over different audio frequencies.
Such was the case with Tindie seller “heilingch’s” father, who has serious problems understanding the TV. Although you might think that the solution would be to turn up his hearing aid, this doesn’t work well for him. Between the limits of modern TV speakers and background noise, the hearing aids were of limited use. Headphones weren’t a good solution either, since his hearing loss is worst in several voice frequency bands.
Being apparently both an excellent son and electronics hacker, heilingch came up with the “Amblyacousia Compensator” to help with this problem. This device takes an input from a TV or other audio source with a 3.5mm jack, then outputs the sound appropriately amplified for one’s particular hearing situation. Since his father was extremely pleased with the results, heilingch decided to offer it to others suffering from a similar impairment though Tindie!
If you want to get one for yourself or someone else, it’s on sale with the code written on the listing for $199 until April 1st. After that, the price is $398. Also, you’ll need to provide a tone audiogram so this device can be tuned to the user’s hearing loss.