New Israeli software turns down the volume on background noise for the hearing impaired.A new Israeli technology called Clearcall can improve the quality of voices heard through hearing devices, such as hearing aids and cochlear implants.
Functioning as miniature amplifiers in the ear or outside it, hearing aids and cochlear implants not only increase the volume of hard-to-hear voices, but they ramp up background noise as well. This makes it hard for the hard of hearing to make sense of what's being said when they are in a busy work environment or at a café, says the professor [Prof. Miriam Furst-Yust].
In these situations, "Hearing-impaired people have a real problem understanding speech," she explains. "Their devices may be useful in a quiet room, but once the background noise levels ramp up, the devices become less useful. Our algorithm helps filter out irrelevant noise so they can better understand the voices of their friends and family."
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