hearing aid


Definition of hearing aid

: an electronic device usually worn in or behind the ear of a hearing-impaired person for amplifying sound

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Adult Lipreading Classes: Foothill College’s Community Based Program offers free classes open to all adults, whether or not hearing aids are worn. Anne Gelhaus, The Mercury News, "West Valley calendar of events for the week of Sept. 21," 15 Sep. 2019 The room is designed for serious research into brain mapping, hearing aid technology, and the development of auditory navigational systems for blind people. Jennifer Emerling, National Geographic, "Seeking silence on a California road trip," 6 Aug. 2019 These include people in wheelchairs, people with canes, guide dogs, hearing aids, and prosthetic limbs. Jon Porter, The Verge, "Why does Apple hate falafel?," 17 July 2019 Authorities said the boy is hearing impaired and wears hearing aids. Carol Robinson | Crobinson@al.com, al.com, "Hearing impaired 7-year-old who went missing in Shelby County found safe," 1 July 2019 Depending on the underlying cause of the hearing problem, treatment may include surgery, a cochlear implant, hearing aids, assistive listening devices or a combination of those therapies. Colin Driscoll, sun-sentinel.com, "Correcting hearing loss can help keep older adults engaged in life," 5 June 2019 Energous says hearing aids supporting a first version of its tech (which requires closer contact) are coming in a matter of weeks. Geoffrey Fowler, courant.com, "Future Phones: They Fold Like Napkins, Have 9 Cameras, Charge Over Thin Air," 6 July 2018 In the next version of the iPhone’s system software, iOS 12, Apple plans to make an accessibility feature for hearing aids work with AirPods too. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "Apple's Airpods Are an Omen," 12 June 2018 The industry, bless its greedy little heart, generally views hearing aids as elective, not medically necessary. David Lazarus, latimes.com, "Say what? How an $800 charge for hearing aids soared to a $3,600 healthcare bill," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of hearing aid

1922, in the meaning defined above

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21 Sep 2019

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The first known use of hearing aid was in 1922

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English Language Learners Definition of hearing aid

: an electronic device worn in or on the ear to help a person who has hearing problems to hear better

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Kids Definition of hearing aid

: an electronic device worn in or behind the ear of a person with poor hearing to make sounds louder

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Medical Definition of hearing aid

: an electronic device usually worn in or behind the ear of a hearing-impaired person for amplifying sound

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