March 27, 2019

Bone Conduction-Based Hearing Aid for Partial Hearing Loss – BoCo. AID


Hearing loss is one of the most affected disease in the human population. It may be due to diseases effecting middle ear or inner ear, may be congenital, age related or due to noise exposure. The device BoCo. AID has bone conduction as its working principle.

The principle that is being implemented is the bone conduction. Bone conduction is the vibration of the basilar membrane in response to a pressure difference on either side of the membrane. The propagated wave that characterizes this vibration of the basilar membrane can be initialized intentionally, when a bone vibrator is placed on the mastoid bone, or inadvertently when testing hearing of one ear by air conduction while disregarding transmission of the sound to the other side. One of the most reliable ways of helping partial hearing loss. This principle is also very easy to adhere to as the working and implementation is simple yet effective in its own right.

The main use for the BoCo. AID would be to tackle the stigma of wearing ear implants. The eradication of these implants is necessary as they because a lot of discomfort and regular infections in a person’s ear. This is an easy solution as it’s a clip and go design to keep the user from feeling any sort of discomfort. Making the device easily accessible, affordable and giving the user an all-round experience of comfort. The BoCo. AID can be made for unilateral and bilateral hearing loss making it more diverse and also making sure that the user can always change it up to meet their requirements. This device has the potential to open up a wide spectrum of hearing solutions in future as bone conduction is still relatively new addition to hearing solutions.

This system is integrated totally on a spectacle frame so as to increase the comfort and ease of use. The device is designed to be rechargeable and modular design suitable for all age groups.

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