Building a Better Hearing Aid

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[MUSIC] I think the best way to get the maximum effect is to create a new solution to a big problem, in that way you're able to treat millions of patients you'll never see. Jonas Salk, and the Salk Vaccine. Now Dr. Salk didn't see every patient, that got the Salk Vaccine that affected millions and millions of people.

Each doctor or health care worker, has the ability to affect numbers of patients if there will be diligence and looking for solutions to problems and they're around them all time and everyday you're going to see something that if you're have that, have your mind set on receive, you'll see opportunities.

Earlens it's a company I have been spending most of my time on recently. The number one problem people want in their hearing, but they tend not get the solution to it is the hearing speech and background noise. Many people have trouble with that, they have no trouble in a quiet conversation in breakfast, through one on one.

We have a contact lens for your eardrum think of it that way. And this device, a little pad of it goes on the center of your eardrum, but think of it as floating on there like a contact lens. And what it is is something that I'd long thought that you might be able to transmit sound at the eardrum in some other way but besides just vibrating air which hearing aids does, and there are limitations to hearing aids.

The small little speakers cannot get the high frequencies, and it's been shown that the high frequencies a very important in your understanding of speech and background noise particularly when it's other speech, and also for the quality of sound. If you activate that earlens by picking up the sound on the outside running it through a digital signal processor, a signal encoder and then a little laser diode lasing your ear canal, the diode produces light, so now that signal gives light forces.

The light goes down down the ear canal, on the ear lens is a micro solar cell, a very small photo detector, that picks up the sound and the photons and converts it into a small electric current. It drives a miniature little mortar that vibrates the ear drum directly and by doing this, you can more than double the frequency range of any known hearing aid expecting 2014 will be on the market of USA and Europe.