The next generation of hearing aids could be made in Melbourne thanks to a Victorian government grant that will fast-track the prototyping of Australian-designed hearing aids.
The $50,000 small technology grant will fund Australia Hears to use RMIT’s rapid prototyping facilities to test new hearing aid designs. [continue reading…]
Invented in Melbourne with bionic ear technology
Melbourne researchers have invented a small, smart, self-managed hearing aid that outperforms most conventional hearing aids for less than half the price.
It uses technology first developed for Australia’s bionic ear, and is so simple to set up that most users can buy one over the internet and fit it themselves. That brings the cost down to between $1,000 and $1500, or less than $3000 for a pair. [continue reading…]
The Australia Hears media kit is now available – more info from firstname.lastname@example.org, 0417 131 977.
These fact sheets are included in the media kit. You can download them separately here.
Fact sheet 1: Rediscover a world of sound – Australian researchers have invented a small, smart, self-managed hearing aid that outperforms most conventional devices for less then half the price.
Fact sheet 2: High-tech hearing at low cost – the science and technology behind Australia Hears.
Fact sheet 3: Ears wide open – the long road – bringing Australian hearing science to the community and the market.
Fact sheet 4: Independent audiologist Steve Grayson-Riley discusses the Australia Hears hearing aids
Fact sheet 5: Returning to the whole world of sound – Tim Thwaites, a science writer and broadcaster with Science in Public talks about his introduction to Australia Hears. He trialled and now uses an Australia Hears hearing aid that he purchased at his own expense online.
Below are a range of images taken at the Australia Hears launch on Wednesday 27 April, 2011.