Hearing through touch
Neuroscientist Dr. David Eagleman from Baylor College of Medicine in Texas, has probably found a cure for millions of people with hearing loss by designing a unique wearable vest. Wonder how?. Vibrotactile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST) allows people to ‘feel’ the sounds around them through their skin. They can hear through their sense of touch. The machine would communicate the sound as vibrations on the skin which will be interpreted by the brain as sound.
A machine that could touch millions of lives
There are about 360 million people with hearing impairments worldwide and about 63 million in India. This device when it goes commercial could benefit a lot of people. The device can be worn as a vest that can turn audible sounds received from smartphones into tiny vibrations on the skin that the brain interprets as sound. The device works on the concept of sensory substitution – finding alternative ways for one sense to be experienced by another.
The Logical Indian welcomes this new invention that would aid people with hearing impairment. We request the government to fund such research ideas and help the many millions of Indians who could benefit from it.