Reader Assist Hearing Aids
Original Publication Date: 2009-May-27
Included in the Prior Art Database: 2009-May-27
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Many people use hearing aids. Further, some of these people have reading disabilities, e.g. children which are too young to read or people who are highly nearsighted or have other problems with their ability to see. In the following an add-on function for hearing is proposed. A reading pen can be used to scan words from reading material. After scanning, the words will be converted into speech data and transmitted to the hearing aids. The data can be transferred via Bluetooth or other transmitting methods. The described function of this system including reading pen and hearing aid is seen in Figure 1.In addition, a built in memory system either in hearing aid or reading device can be used to record the scanned information and play them later. The proposed solution also can be used as translator tool. In this case, additional translating software is needed.