In­dian-Amer­i­can Stu­dent,16, In­vents Low-Cost Hear­ing Aid

The Economic Times - - Around The World -

Hous­ton: A 16-year-old In­di­anAmer­i­can boy has cre­ated a low-cost hear­ing aid cost­ing $60 to help those who can­not af­ford ex­pen­sive de­vices. The de­vice, which can be used with even the cheap­est set of head­phones, is built to first test hear­ing by play­ing sev­eral dif­fer­ent sounds at seven dif­fer­ent fre­quen­cies through head­phones. It then pro­grammes it­self to be a hear­ing aid, am­pli­fy­ing vol­ume based on the test re­sults. “It elim­i­nates the need for a doc­tor al­to­gether. It is re­ally, in essence, just am­pli­fiers, just in­crease the vol­ume based on how much hear­ing loss you have and it is crazy that they cost $1,500 each, when you can do it for $ 60,” said Mukund Venkatakr­ish­nan of Ken­tucky’s Louisville city .

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