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Major breakthrough for hearing loss on the horizon

3rd March 2020
Posted by Aston Avery

Hearing loss is a common affliction as people grow older, especially for those who have been exposed to sustained loud noise throughout their lifetimes. However, with great advances in health tech taking place, is it possible that hearing loss could no longer mean limitations for those living with the impairment?

To mark World Hearing Day 2020, the latest tech from Bluetooth SIG is paving the way for major advancements in hearing aid and implant technology with the launch of LE Audio. Working in conjunction with the European Hearing Instrument Association (EHIMA) the tech is expected to greatly improve accessibility for people with hearing impairments.

It’s estimated that one in six Britons – approximately 12 million people1 – have hearing loss, and this figure is expected to rise to 15.6 million by 2035. These numbers highlight the real need for better technology solutions to those with hearing loss overcome communication challenges.

Aston spoke to Ken Kolderup, spokesperson at Bluetooth Special Intrests Group (SIG) and Jesal Vishnuram, spokesperson at Action On Hearing Loss to discuss what the future holds for those living with a hearing impairment.