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Usage of Colored Solar Panels for Hearing Aids

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000193573D
Published in the IP.com Journal: Volume 10 Issue 3B (2010-03-24)
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2010-Mar-24
Document File: 1 page(s) / 61K

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Siemens

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Abstract

Currently, hearing aids need a battery to power them. To increase the operating time of hearing aids, several solutions based on solar panels have been developed. However, stndard solar panels must be in direct contact with the sunlight to generate power.

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Usage of Colored Solar Panels for Hearing Aids

Idea: Kristy Lim, SG-Singapore; Harald Klemenz, DE-Berlin

Currently, hearing aids need a battery to power them. To increase the operating time of hearing aids, several solutions based on solar panels have been developed. However, stndard solar panels must be in direct contact with the sunlight to generate power.

In the following it is proposed to use colored solar panels to power hearing aids. The advantage of colored solar panels is that it can generate power from diffuse light, using a specialized colored panel. In this way, hearing instruments do not need to be exposed to sunlight. This is especially useful for customized hearing instruments which are inside the ear and will not have direct contact with the sunlight most of the time. However, the idea is also applicable in BTE hearing aids (BTE: Behind The Ear).

The advantage of the proposed solution is that the customer can use the hearing aid for a longer time without the need to recharge a battery. Due to the use of colored solar panels, the hearing instrument does not have to be in direct contact with the sunlight. In connection with colored casings of BTE hearing aids, colored solar panels can be an extra sales argument.

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