A Revolutionary Assistive Listening Device (ALD)
Wear is designed to be used when an individual who is experiencing hearing loss wants a quality conversation in very noisy environments such as family gatherings, restaurants, or meetings. Wear has been engineered and designed to improve the quality of one on one conversations, while aiding in reducing extraneous noise. Similar to listening to your ipod, users connect their personal headphones into the Wear. The microphone creates a directional sound lobe 5-6 feet in front of the user. The Wear amplifies sound directly in the circular zone in front of the user, while reducing noise outside of the zone. Wear is also effective in improving hearing when used with bone conduction headsets to help those with ear drum related hearing loss. The masterminds behind the Wear are Eric Rosenthal & Michelle Temple. Eric was Vice President at Walt Disney Imagineering research & development. He is an Emmy award winner, a Scientist in Residence at New York University (NYU) Tisch School of the Arts Interactive Telecommunications Program. Michelle is a design engineer, PHD student, adjunct professor as well as Interpreter for the hard of hearing.
WHAT DOES THE WEAR SOUND LIKE?
Here are two sample conversations in a restaurant…