It’s fair to say that technology has revolutionized our society. It’s hard to imagine life without our many gadgets that do everything from keeping us entertained to playing a key role in our physical well-being. The hearing aid industry is no different. In the past few decades, we’ve seen incredible advances in hearing aid technology. Now it looks like the field of robotics may lead the next potential breakthrough.
A team studying the interaction between humans and robots have developed a sensor that is capable of detecting sound frequencies. Traditionally, hearing aids are used to treat people with a hearing loss that have an inability to hear sounds at different frequencies.
According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, sensorineural hearing loss is the third most common disorder in people over age 65. A common symptom of sensorineural hearing loss is the inability to hear sounds clearly and fully, particularly those at high frequencies; the issue is compounded when there is background noise present. Although less common, low frequency hearing loss can also happen.
Robots have become an integral part of our daily lives. As robotics technology continues to evolve, robots are performing increasingly complex tasks. Have you recently asked an Alexa or Siri a question? Did you get a response? That’s a robot using voice-recognition software to respond.
Robots are getting better at understanding some speech, but they struggle with most other sounds. Researchers have been working to overcome these challenges, and are trying to further understand the intricacies of human speech in order to improve how humans and robots interact, which is referred to as “social robotics.”
With the development of a sensor that can detect sound frequencies, we are one step closer to robots that can understand human speech. The sensor can detect sound frequencies between 100 and 5,000 Hz. This is the sound frequency range that most human speech falls into!
With robots being able to distinguish sound frequencies, we could soon see this technology applied to hearing aid devices. Imagine a hearing aid that is designed to change only those frequencies that you struggle to hear? It would truly be a huge step forward in hearing aid tech.
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