Connectivity to Modern Electronics for the Hearing Disabled.
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Advanced Medical Electronics (AME) proposes to create a wireless solution for interconnecting hearing aids with consumer electronics devices. Many millions of hearing aid users will benefit from this proposed technology. The proposed solution will be based on a new ultra-low-power radio specifically developed by project partner IntriCon Corporation (St. Paul, MN) for use in micro-behind-the-ear (Micro-BTE) hearing aids. Utilizing this novel wireless technology allows the proposed connectivity solution to be completely integrated into micro-BTE hearing aids. Full integration has many advantages over current solutions. IntriCon has long-standing component supplier relationships with the leading 6 hearing aid manufacturers (80% of market) and sells directly to the remaining 20%. IntriCon plans to offer its new integrated wireless radio technology to all of these customers. By leveraging this radio in the proposed add-on module for consumer electronics, the module will be compatible with many future wireless hearing aids. The Phase II project will develop and test a production prototype system.
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