A question: cheap hearing aid

I know a 93 year old in a rest home. When her daughter threw her out of her house (really!) she didn't get one of her hearing aids. The one she does have is marginal. Buying new is *really* expensive, and she doesn't have any money (related to the process of how her daughter threw her out of the house -- she cried every day for 6 months. No kidding.). I don't have the thousands it would cost to make it right.Recently we gave her an old cassette player and some cheap headphones. She loves it because she can really hear the contents of the tape.I'm looking for a simple device, reasonably small, that has a microphone and can drive the headphones with adjustable volume. I'm thinking small (mp3 player size, not hearing aid size). Any ideas?

Topic by alames 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Help making hearing aid

Hello! I need a bit of help for a project I am undertaking to make.My is to make such a device which detects the user whether a car or any other vehicle is approaching or not. The project is dedicated for the people who are deaf and cannot cross roads safely. What I think a solution could be is to make such a sensor which detects the horn of a car which further activates a vibrating motor in the pocket of the user.The vibratng motor is not at all an issue but the sensor being the problem. If anyone can please help either by giving your own solution or helping me in what I propose to do. Please help as this is not anything personal but a social cause. Hope to get an answer. Pranjal

Topic by pranjal12 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


hearing electromagnetic stuff

Well, I was going to plug my ipod into some old computer speakers. my thumb touched the tip of the jack (ground) and it makes a buzzin noise. Big woop. No, as I go to reach my ipod it makes a big buzzing noise. what I was hearing was the electromagnetic waves. I reach for my cell phone and then a loud really highpitched noise ccame out. I waver my hand over my computer's power supply, I here a loud buzzing noise. How to do this: press tip of thumb to tip of 3.5mm jack turn your speakers up pretty high waver hand over complex electronics boy, do i have fun mornings, lol, being sarcastic

Topic by guyfrom7up 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Is my hearing wacky?

I was just using a tone generator and I chose a sweep mode. I can here 2.1mhz, but when I did a sweep down to 100Hz there was a long pause when I couldn't here anything, and then I can here it. Is this normal?

Topic by guyfrom7up 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


how do you make bone induction speakers?

The type that fit behind the ears. My son has hearing issues and the hearing aids don't seem to cut it. He cannot hear the lower frequencies but he seems to respond to vibrations as from quality headphones. I would like to try bone induction with the hearing aids. Thanks in advance.

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



outgoing hearing problem ...

I have a new Nokia 6300 phone and whenever I make an outgoing call the person Im calling cant hear me although I can hear them.

Question by hotncold 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


can this device hear through walls, and if so....up to what distance? Answered

Null

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Low-cost hearing aid for someone old

I know an old person--well, okay, my mom--who refuses to wear an in-ear hearing aid, even though she clearly needs it. For whatever reasons, she thinks its too expensive/too invasive/doesn't want to be bothered, even though Medicaid would probably pay for it etc. Not wanting to be reduced to shouting like I'm on an aircraft deck, I'm wondering if anyone has suggestions as to some sort of inexpensive amplifying device I could rig from some some more or less readily available parts. I'm envisioning something like the old style opera glasses on a long handle, though of course this device would be held to the ear (maybe like the old fashioned ear trumpet come to think of it). This way it wouldn't be too much of a hassle for her. I'm suggesting this arrangement rather than headphones of some sort, which again would isolate her (visually) from the rest of the folks at the old age home. If she could just hold something to her ear when she wanted to hear/converse and then drop it when she doesn't want to be clued in...well, that might be the way to proceed. As usual, low-cost design wins, as I don't have that much to spend. Thanks!

Topic by Dano312 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago



Help making Hearing aid

Hello! I need a bit of help for a project I am undertaking to make.My is to make such a device which detects the user whether a car or any other vehicle is approaching or not. The project is dedicated for the people who are deaf and cannot cross roads safely. What I think a solution could be is to make such a sensor which detects the horn of a car which further activates a vibrating motor in the pocket of the user.The vibratng motor is not at all an issue but the sensor being the problem. If anyone can please help either by giving your own solution or helping me in what I propose to do. Please help as this is not anything personal but a social cause. Hope to get an answer. Pranjal

Question by pranjal12 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


fake hearing aid, needed!

I'd like to take a basic $20 hearing aid - you know the type - and then rig it as a bluetooth earpiece. In short, I think it would be much better than using those 'slick' metallic earpieces I see people wearing around. I think it could be a great project, but I have very little knowledge about bluetooth electronics. Any suggestions for getting started?

Topic by lalagrande 11 years ago


Mosquito sound that adults cant hear

I was at school the other day and I heard this annoying ringing sound. so I was looking around wondering what the hell it was when the teacher(who's probably 40 or 50)was like "what are you doing?" I said that I hear a ringing sound. then he said that I was crazy and there wasn't anything ringing. then the other classmates started listing and they all heard it also. I talked to that kid after class and was like where did you get that sound, and he replied its a ringtone. so when I got home I looked into it more and found out that people who are older supposevely cannot hear it so I played it for my mom and I was expecting her to hear nothing and then she was like "turn that annoying sound off right now". I was like wow........how did you hear it. everybody says she has super human hearing. here is the link to test it out. http://odeo.com/audio/1329298/view

Topic by Azn Hitman 11 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


oddest question you will hear today

Take a small gasoline powered leafblower (say, 3hp), put a hose on the blower end, and connect the hose to the air filter, how much of a horse power increase can i expect?

Topic by frank26080115 12 years ago  |  last reply 12 years ago


Create Scholarship Entry: Hearing Impaired

My project is designed to solve a personal problem. One I'm sure others struggle with. I am hard of hearing.My proposed project is for the iRobot to find me and tell me, via an LCD screen or similar visual, that the phone or doorbell is ringing. In order to keep the search path short, to start, in my house I'm thinking about using either virtual wall, which I can't afford, or a line down the hallway to the bed. When something is out of focus you can frequently stare at it until it comes into focus or you can ask someone what the sign says. With hearing loss you eventually realize you don't know you didn't hear something because people start yelling at you for ignoring them. Sound is fleeting. Usually only lasts a fraction of a second. I hear less that half of what most people hear. Without my hearing aids I can only hear the noisiest birds if they are about 20 feet or less from me. I can only hear my phone ring if I am within 15 feet of it and I have the volume all the way up. To talk on the phone, I have one that is relatively new and have the volume all the way up. Those 90db alarms, I need to be within 5 feet of them to hear them. The smoke alarm in the kitchen, I can hear it but it isn't going to wake me. A fire in the kitchen isn't going to trigger the alarm in the bedroom soon enough. It probably won't be loud enough to wake me, anyway.My house didn't have a doorbell when I moved in and I can't hear someone knock unless I have my hearing aids on and am within 10 feet of the door. After missing numerous UPS deliveries I installed a wireless doorbell and I carry the receiver, pager style, with me all day when I am expecting a delivery. And I have even missed UPS with that. If the water is running, the TV or radio is on, it is even more likely that I will not hear the phone or doorbell. If I'm in the bathroom even with the door open I don't have any idea what is happening on the other side of the doorway.A security system with cameras and sensors and a DVR would be ideal. But not in my budget. It might help me with my thieving neighbors.I have thought about getting a dog to help me but I have three rabbits and cannot afford another pet on my disability income. That would probably be a good solution. I own my own home, ok the bank owns it and lets me live here, but if I have to move into a rental most landlords do not allow pets. A robot would not be an issue.If I had a robot that could find me and let me know what is going on in my house it would be very useful. People do not wear hearing aids to bed. I don't usually wear my hearing aids at home to save on batteries. And because the feedback drives me crazy. I just turn the TV or radio up REALLY, REALLY LOUD. Sorry neighbors, it's not my intent to be annoying.I custom built the computer I am using. I have some experience programming simple robots such as the Parallax Boe-Bot. Most recently I built the miniPOV and mintyBoost from AdaFruit. I have 6 years experience as UNIX sysadmin and configuration management. I also have basic hardware and soldering experience. If I have enough time I would like to have it bring me the phone and have a microphone and speaker to talk to the person at the door. I would definitely like to add smoke and co2 detection but I noticed there are quite a few people taking that on and so I will leave that to the end. Maybe teach it to do a little dance, sing a little song, get down tonite. I could wrap it in mirrors, turn it into a floor disco ball. A different dance and sounds for each alert.A robot that could notify me of doorbell and phone events would make my life easier. I'd be inclined to sleep with it. If it could help clean up after the rabbits and ride herd on them I might worship it. Rosie the Robot, Rabbit Wrangler and goddess. If it could also keep me safe from intruders, fires, gas leaks and such. Heck I'll bear it's child! Shall I name it Proteus? or Alfred? Have you ever seen the movie Demon Seed? Classic.I took my time writing up my proposal to do some research and make sure I have the necessary skills and resources to accomplish this task. They warned us in the challenge. I also wanted to have something unique, although there can be many approaches to solving the same problem. If I do win one of the scholarships I will be interested in your suggestions about how to solve this project.

Topic by SacTownSue 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


Hearing a dialup connection on a FM car radio?

My mum was driving to uni and we hear a dial-up connection over the radio twice or three times, on 103.50 FM to be exact. A little while ago i rang my mum and she was in the same place and suddenly the phone goes silent and it starts making all different tones. What's happening? What's causing it? Why's it on the FM band

Topic by thermoelectric 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Solar-powered hearing aids for the 3rd world

What's a partially deaf person in sub-Saharan Africa to do, when hearing aids typically cost hundreds of dollars, and he can't even afford the $1 a week to buy new batteries?Retired Canadian business executive Howard Weinstein came up with a solution - a cheap hearing aid for the 3rd world, redesigned with some donated 1st world technology knowhow. It's powered by rechargeable, rather than throw-away batteries - at about the same $1 cost per battery, except they last 2-3 years, and can be recharged using a pocket-sized solar charger. Oh, and he also found that the local deaf people make excellent employees to put these things together, because mastering sign language takes acute hand-eye coordination, needed to do the fine soldering and microelectronics.Sometimes the small things in life make a big difference...Something to Shout About - Africa needed hearing aids. Howard Weinstein got a chance to start over

Topic by Patrik 10 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


Home Telephone Hack needed for Hard of Hearing

Hi there, My uncle has a fierce case of tinnitus, and sometimes he can't hear the telephone ringing. He can talk on the phone alright, the ringing just messes with the perceptions of sounds usually associated with home phones ringing. So, he has a few phones hooked up around the house so he can try and hear the phone when it rings. its just a bunch of barely-functioning rotaries. Have you ever seen that scene in bicentenial man where the clockmaker and his wife are talking in the kitchen when the hour comes and all the clocks start chiming. A cacophony of alarm. That is kind of like how it is at my uncle's when somone calls. I would like to set up a visual alarm system for when somone calls. So, he has a few fairly loud rotary phones laying around. I'm sure he wouldn't mind if I took one apart along with one of his lamps. I just need to know where to screw, unscrew, solder, and smile. Thanks!!

Topic by chuckisnutz 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


I hear about it through Tech Shop

I went to the I3d summit this past week during the Autodesk event in Vegas. I found out about this event through the new Techshop Chandler location, and with my ASU ID I got a free ticket to the event which was awesome. I was mainly interested in this event to find out more about design software and 3d printers. I found the event to be very useful for getting a general idea of what the industry is doing and where it is going. Being a non engineering or design expert, just a guy with an interest, I didn't get as much as I would have I liked. I heard from a lot of speakers but one of the most interesting to me was Alice Taylor who is CEO of MakieLab. She was one of the few speakers who are currently running a competently 3D printer based company and discussed how they have found success. Also, the key note speaker, Jeff Ma, was very interesting and drove home one of the main points of the day; just try, don't put to much time or effort into over thinking, put more into action. That is kind of the vibe that I got from the whole event, that a lot of people don't know what this industry is but there much hope for its growth and impact on society. www.techshop.ws

Topic by travisb 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Is there something going on in my head? Answered

     Well, I don't have a mental problem or anything, but it often gets weird and I just can't help but to ask. I'll recount several months before, around March or May last year. I was practicing Morse code, practicing with visuals, practicing with audios. After a few weeks of practice, I started hearing Morse code in my head, as in out of nowhere I literally hear it (completely random, it's not spelling out anything last I checked). I asked around about it (deleted the question though) and someone mentioned it's not normal/it's rare. Then fast forward into around November or December, I keep hearing that Morse encoded "SMS" ring-tone from a phone (it's quite popular here, heard it more than a thousand times). I kept searching for that cellular phone, but to no avail. I covered my ears with pillows, and I still kept hearing it. I then concluded that it was in my head. The end result was I couldn't fall asleep for 3 hours lying down on the bed. It's something like LSS (Last Song Syndrome, search it up if you don't know it) to the extremes (to the point that it resonates in your head and you can hear it as an audible tone not from your thoughts). Any thoughts as what may have been causing this?

Question by nutsandbolts_64 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Earthquake gives US man his hearing back

The earthquake that struck America's east coast yesterday was a blessing in disguise for a deaf man who somehow regained his hearing through the vent.Robert Valderzak has been in a bathington DC hospital since June after he lost his hearing when he fell over. Doctors believe it was as a result of fluid or issues ofthe bones within the ear. Until yesterday, he was employinga diffehirespeakerphone with a lightand an speakers to speak with people. His four youngsters were visiting him in hospital when the 5.8 magnitude quake struck. when It passed, he felt anythingdiffehireinside his head and knew he mayhear and talk again. "I said, you perceivemy hearing is back," Mr Balderzak told Fox News. "i will be able to listen to eachthing, individuals within the hallway." Dr Ross Fletcher, Chief of Staff on the Virginia Medical Centre, said he was pleased his patient is feeling better, despite the stdiversitycircumstances. "a fewpeople appear to be slightly frightened by it but he's delighted that this earthquake came along because soon after the development, he mayhear everything within the room very clearly," Dr Fletcher said. Mr Valderzak believes his hearing was a present from God.

Topic by norakitty123 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


I can't hear music through my ipod? Answered

My 5th generation ipod classic isn't playing any music through the head phones or my dock. I know my head phones and dock work fine but the ipod itself isn't playing music through the headphones.

Question by capt. caveman 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


help!i can only hear from 1 of the speakers in my sansa fuze MP4 player.the other speaker can't hear anything!?

A few days ago i turned on my MP4 only to find out i can noly hear from 1 of the speaker.i cannot hear anything on the other.what has happened? more importantly, how to make both speaker able to hear again? pls help!

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


If a tree falls in a forrest and no one hears it fall does it make a sound? Answered

If a tree falls in a forrest and no one hears it fall does it make a sound?  

Question by i3dpple 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago



Dont You Need Speakers to hear the music? ... like if its on an ipod?

Question by jarvisjtb11 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


I want to play my MP3 player in my car so that I can hear the music I want to hear.

I have talked to several friends about the different ways to do this and basically have learned that I either use a cassette converter of an FM transmiter. Well I decided to go the cassette route however when I put the cassette in my car tape player and connect my MP3 player, no music. The cassette makes a sound like its rolling some tape (kind of like when you use a cassette tape cleaner) and then after about 15 seconds it ejects. I thought maybe it was the MP3 cassette I bought so I went and bought a second MP3 cassette of a different brand and motre expensive and it does the same thing. Am I to beieve that the MP3 cassette converter is not an option for me? Should I now go out and purchase the FM transmiter? My car stereo/tape player is a good one as I have a BMW and tapes play fine so what is the problem? Do I need to buy another MP3 cassette only this time spend even more money? I've seen some that are $25, the two I bought were $5.99 and $9.99 but no music :( Any ideas??

Question by 10 years ago  |  last reply 3 years ago


Hearing skype ringing when i am out of the room?

How could i make a simple systems ( with out to much electronics knowledge - but able to solder) a system that either alerts me out of the computer room when my skype is rining or does so and lets me take the call away from the computer - ie a normal portable handset ..?

Question by agatornz 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Can you watch videos or hear music while converting videos, or will it ruin the audio for the video?

The converting video is either ging to be MP4 or MPG format so i was just wondering if hearing music or watching youtube videos will affect the audio for either format?

Question by chickychick89 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


what about SENS. i hear that it has to do with fixing DNA?

Question by 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Microphone and Speakers HELP

I am having a hard time finding answers for this problem, so i am looking forward to some answers from smart people on this website :), Me and my friends use a Voice chat program and weirdly my friends can hear what i hear without even having my MIC plugged in! If i chat with a headset it doesn't occur but without it. They can hear what i hear. Please i will be watching this thread carefully, I really need this fixed! Thank you!

Topic by Jasekillingspree 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Best. Phrase. Evar! Where did you first hear that phrase?

I first heard the "Best. (insert anything here). Evar." line on a remake of pride and prejudice. http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0366920/ Char. A: "Best. Date. Evar!"Char. B: "You say that after every date."But in the last few years, and on instructables in particular, I've read the phrase much more often. I'm wondering if the ultimate source for the phrase was the movie or something else. I like etymology, what can I say.So anyways, where'd you first hear that phrase?

Topic by royalestel 11 years ago  |  last reply 11 years ago


can i block the singing part in a song to just hear the instruments?

I was wondering if its possible to use a mixer to cancel out the singing in a song so that you can only hear the instruments? i want to listen to the different instrumenst so that i can learn how to play the part just by listening, but its kind of difficult with the singing as the main sound. and if you can, is it a certaing type of mixer that you can connect to a computer?

Question by santista19 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Did anybody hear Steven Tyler sing the star spangled banner?

The other day I heard someone on a TV show carrying on about how awfull of a job Steven Tyler did singing the star spangled banner. I hadn't heard it so I looked it up on the internet and listened to it. I didn't think it was that bad, what do other people think? Did people just dislike it because he screamed part of it? I kind of liked his rendition. Thanks

Question by nurdee1 7 years ago  |  last reply 7 years ago


self sustaining power generator ??? possible??

I hear some news on the TV. i don't even known it that's true ??? i can't say where i hear it , because i forgot !!!!

Question by pauljohnramos86 7 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


how do I fix a sound problem on my computer? Answered

I have a problem with the sound on my computer. it does work, only...I can only hear the music. in games, videos, music, etc. I can hear the background 'instrumental' music, but the voices are really quiet. I can't really hear what's said. what can the solution be?

Question by necropolian 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


EVP quality, tele listening amp.

Hallo friends, Please show me a schematic diagram of a highly sensative amplifier, or hearing aid that I can use as a telescopic remote spy hearing instrument. Something as sensitive as the EVP paranormal audio recorder. I tried this circuit but doesnt work :( http://www.extremecircuits.net/2009/07/hearing-aid.html Please guide me to a circuit that actually worked for you. see you thanks

Topic by ketan7s 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Bluetooth TV audio for Disabled Vet

I am a disabled vet having suffered hearing loss in Iraq (amongst other things). I wear hearing aids and was given a device by the VA that I wear around my neck.  It is a bluetooth device that pairs my iPhone to my hearing aids.  A different device I was given plugged into my TV and sent an audio signal to a set of headphones.  The idea is so that I could turn up my volume w/out affecting everyone elses. BUT... I never got it to work, AND it's been lost since I moved. SO, I was hoping the community could help me figure out a way to incorporate the bluetooth idea but instead of from my phone to my hearing aids, I'd like to go from my TV to my hearing aids.

Topic by ValleyWalker 4 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago


Why is my radio so quiet? Answered

  It is a boom box and the volume works perfectly when it's on CD mode. But when it's in radio mode, it's so quiet I can barely hear it. (And I'm not hard of hearing!)

Question by BikeHacker 5 years ago  |  last reply 5 years ago


Can nobody hear my woes?

I'm a little worried that I couldn't actually find some of my topics I just posted in the actual forums I posted them in, so I'm wondering has someone blocked my usage of topics?

Topic by Punkguyta 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Does the Earth 4 Energy system work? Answered

I keep hearing about several different DIY guides and everything I hear leads to Earth 4 Energy System as being the best all around. Does anyone know

Question by xxxbuddhaxxx 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Too all Instructablonians: Rockin an awesome lunchbox? I wanna hear about it.

I currently don a teenie-tiny plastic brown-bag shaped lunch tote that barely fits an 8oz water bottle, sandwich, chips, and ice pack. I need something with a bit more room for food. At an impressive 5'3" and 105 lbs, I'm a growing man, and I need my fuel. But I don't want just some clearance-rack generic latest-movie/pop icon plastered lunchbox, no sir. I want an bullet-proof, high-capacity, industrial-strength lunch transportation system. Something that will make people say "Holy crap, that guy's a MAKER."  I want a lunch box that scores major cool points. Something that has character. Something that has features, like extreme insulation or something. Bottom line: it needs to be big, look cool, and last a long time. Price isn't an issue, Christmas is coming up :D So, ibles, how cool is YOUR lunchbox?

Topic by Labot2001 9 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


Is there any technology that can help people to smell and taste?

Recently, my mom had a concussion and she lost all senses of smell and taste.  Is there any technology out there that could possibly help her to regain these senses like a hearing aid helps you to hear.  Thanks!

Question by DoctorDv 6 years ago  |  last reply 6 years ago


How can I hook up an amplifier to Dell Inspiron 1150 laptop to hear DVD's better?

Want to watch DVD's in our camper, but we can't hear them and need to increase the sound with speakers or something. Has anyone done this? Thanks.

Question by JeannieE 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


When will the World End?

Will The World End.... I Hear People Say That The World Will End In 2012.....To What I Have Heard They Say That An Astroid Or Something Very Big Will Come Down And Smash The Earth In 2012.. Do U Think That Is True Or Not..Please Relpy, Notify, And Leave A Message About AnyThing Else You Hear Of.....

Question by 2C00L4U 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Testing Xbox LIVE headset offline? Answered

Can I test my voice (micrphone/headset thing) on my XBox 360 without going online and doing the whole Can you hear me?? thing?

Question by xACIDITYx 10 years ago  |  last reply 10 years ago


Need glasses?

 post your steampunk goggles / glasses hear and be sure to share ideas !

Topic by knuckel 8 years ago  |  last reply 8 years ago


can u vote 4 ur own ible? Answered

Nothing here

Question by Jake Morton 9 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


Animal senses better than ours???

We all know dogs, lions and other Beast can hear/see/smell a 100 times better then we can but can animals taste better than we can? Just randomly thought of this when i was reading the life of Pi.

Topic by i make shooting things 10 years ago  |  last reply 9 years ago


How could I amplify a heartbeat for kids to hear quickly and easily, with or without a stethoscope?

Hi Everyone. Can any of you devise a way to amplify kids' heartbeats so that they are easily heard, without resorting to a stethoscope? Our school is having a fitness night...I thought it would be great to let each kid listen to his heart beat before and after jump-roping, but a single stethoscope would be too cumbersome to use-the kids don't have any experience with them...whereas holding up some kind of mic to their heart would be fun and fast. A quick amplified heartbeat would be best...either through a stethoscope or some other microphone arrangement. Any ideas? Thanks!

Question by Forestgal 8 years ago  |  last reply 4 years ago