Hearing loss from weapons and explosive devices has been the No. 1 disability in this country’s modern military conflicts, saddling thousands of veterans with anything from tinnitus to deafness. Now a new generation of laser-based implants promises to restore their hearing — and that of civilians, too — with higher resolution than existing technology.
By Gregory MonePosted 08.29.2007 at 5:57 pm 0 Comments
If R. Kelly went deaf, he'd surely want one of these. Numerous blogs are buzzing about a new gold-plated, diamond-encrusted hearing aid and wireless remote from Widex that's available for $50,000.
Lately the trend has been to design hearing aids that are as subtle and unobtrusive as possible. Most people don't want to advertise their disability. But this one shouts, Yes, I've lost some hearing, but I've still got money. We haven't had any luck getting in touch with the Widex folks yet to find out whether this is a real product or a clever illustration, but we'll let you know soon.—Gregory Mone