Tuesday, April 11, 2006

Dutch team develops "hearing-glasses"

LONDON — A Dutch company has launched a hearing aid in the form of a pair of glasses.

The "hearing-glasses", like the company, are called Varibel. To capture and relay sound to the ears microphones, signal processing and miniature speakers are contained in the arms of the frames.

The hearing-glasses were originally developed at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. Varibel developed these glasses into a consumer product in partnership with Royal Philips Electronics, a vendor of frames for glasses called Frame Holland and the design agencies MMID and Verhoeven. The hearing-glasses are due to go on sale at Beter Horen audio shops in The Netherlands from mid April, the university said.

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