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?

Posted by alames 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

Posted by pranjal12 5 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

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 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!

Posted by Dano312 9 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?

Posted by guyfrom7up 10 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?

Posted by lalagrande 10 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

Posted by Azn Hitman 10 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!

Posted by Jasekillingspree 10 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?

Posted by frank26080115 11 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

Posted by ketan7s 8 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

Posted by thermoelectric 9 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.

Posted by ValleyWalker 4 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?

Posted by Punkguyta 10 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.

Posted by norakitty123 6 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

Posted by Patrik 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?

Posted by royalestel 11 years ago


Need glasses?

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

Posted by knuckel 8 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.

Posted by i make shooting things 10 years ago


what is your favirote gun?

What is your favirote gun, talk about it hear

Posted by REDNEK777 9 years ago


The dark secrets of MSN Messenger

There are many secrets of MSN, here are some: Hidden Emoticons (can be used on display names): Storms: (li) Be right back (brb) Turtle: (tu) Dish: (pl) Xbox: (xx) Cigarette : (ci) Hand cuffs (%) High 5 (h5) Rainbow: (R) Handcuffs: (%) Sunshine: (#) Devil: (6) Stupid Question mark: (?) Fingers crossed (yn) Scripts: Type in:      /patchou and you'll see a picture of the creator, with the following message: "Thank you for using this software. The best reward I can get for my work is to see you highly satisfied. Sincerely, PaTchou."      /sbrb You'll see "Be right back" in the post, and hear a sound byte from the film "Terminator" {Arnold Schwarzenegger} saying: "I'll be back".      /sdoh You'll see "I'm so stupid" in the post, and hear a sound byte of Homer Simpson saying "D'oh!"      /sevillaugh You'll see "Muahahahha" in the post, and hear a sound byte of an hideous laugh. /skiss You'll see "I Love you" in the post, and hear a sound byte of a kiss.      /shello You'll see "Hello you!" in the post, and hear a sound byte of Mr. Hanky saying "Howdy how!" 

Posted by The One and Only 8 years ago


Who is "They"?

All the time i hear people say stuff like "oh they're making this" and "they're building this. But i want to know "Who is They"?

Posted by ThePregergater 5 years ago


Welcome to the IGBBWM

Brethren of the Brotherhood! Hear my call! Go forth and REEK HAVOC!!!(but pweese don't get anyone hurt, then it's not as fun)

Posted by KentsOkay 11 years ago


Underrated bands

What bands come to mind when you hear 'underrated bands'? i think Modest Mouse is a seriously underrated band.

Posted by wingman246 10 years ago


Opera

I keep hearing this referenced and I'm to lazy to check it out myself.......... what is it exactly and why do people use it over firefox or internet explorer?

Posted by chaoscampbell 10 years ago


Your Experience with a Car Dealer

I am looking to hear about people experiences with auto dealerships,both good and bad.

Posted by carbuyersplan 7 years ago


Ammonpulver (explosive)

Hey, i was wondering if anyone has any experience with it. it is ammonium nitrate and charcoal. i hear it is hard to ignite? does anyone know the ratio?

Posted by DELETED_DELETED_kruser495 10 years ago


HAARP mind control?

Allegations have been made that the HAARP project is behind mind control experiments. The ex governor Jesse Ventura, interviewed a professor who demonstrated in his show that it is possible to send messages to people's minds without any need for hearing. The professor put two piezoelectric transducers on Ventura's chin and Ventura claimed to be able to "hear" music in his brain. Real science or pseudoscience? If this device could be made, wouldn't this device help people without hearing? What about the possibilities of learning devices or communication? I believe that this device could put thoughts on people's minds but not necessarily control them (unless it is an easy suggestible subject). Please watch a segment of the show and share your opinion:

Posted by blkhawk 5 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.

Posted by SacTownSue 11 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!!

Posted by chuckisnutz 9 years ago


Firefox Vs Internet Explorer

I was going to call this "firefox rules" but thats a bit biased. Any way I wanna hear peoples veiws on the subject. Let the Battle Begin.

Posted by Ezza 11 years ago


I messed up one sound setting in Vista. And now I can't hear youtube videos...

Can you help me? Trying to tweak the sound, on my laptop running vista, I changed the setting under speakers properties>advanced>Default format. I foolishly changed the default format to another setting, thinking I could always switch it back. Immediately the sound from my youtube windows ceased. I tried switching it back and applying the settings. No joy. I tried restoring default settings. No joy. I can still hear windows sounds, just not stuff I WANT to hear. Anybody know how I can fix this? EDIT: Nevermind, I fixed it...errgh...should've just rebooted in the first place.

Posted by Lithium Rain 9 years ago


Broken Ipod mini help

My friend just gave me hear broken Ipod mini. The screen is cracked and I was wondering how to fix it, any help?

Posted by sweetridecaddy 10 years ago


STOP THE SPAM

WE DONT WANT TO HEAR IT. i noticed alot especialy in the knex gun instructables if people ask if they should post a certian gun that they built. we dont want to hear it. just post it and it will be either a + or a -. also are there admins/moderators? i think there should be some due to people stealing other peoples ideas. oh well just an idea for the creators to think of. but weigh in on both subjects if you want. if you just want to flame me for creating this go ahead. but i think that its a matter that gets annoying.

Posted by J_SCAP 9 years ago


The "N-Word". The bad one!

Ok, I hear lots of name calling out there. Sometimes I even hear the N-Word. Not just one N-Word but multiple N-Words. So clue me in. Which is worse, a "noob", a "nerd", a "ninny" or a "numpty"? I just need to know how serious the name calling is. So give me the offensiveness levels of the previously mentioned N-Words on a scale from one to ten (with ten as the most offensive).

Posted by skunkbait 9 years ago


come post your things!

 if you have any instructabules that have to do with steam punk or syber punk poast it hear! all welcome!

Posted by knuckel 8 years ago


Serious Bass

It's finally time for me to give something back to you guys with me always asking questions ans all, I give to you the loss of hearing for 24 hours, enjoy.

Posted by Punkguyta 10 years ago


Please Help!

I hear random clicking noises, breathing, and walking through my computer speakers and I don't know how to fix this! Please help! I am using windows vista.

Posted by Air_Assassin 6 years ago


When it comes to noises near your circut breaker, listen to your children.

Well the other day I was at home and my parents were at work. I was hearing some weird noises from around our circut breaker. So I called my dad and told him I was hearing noises and it sound electrical. He didn't believe me until last night until I told him there were more noises comeing from it. So he opened the little door and flipped one of the switch thingies back and forth and it was arcing! So we replaced it and there was this weird blue purpley powder on it. So if your children hear noises around your circut breaker, you might want to check it. My mom said she heard something coming from over there but she thought it was a mouse or rat outside or in the wall. (Our neighbor has rats and they come over to our house all the time)

Posted by Sunbanks 10 years ago


Xbox 360 Overated?

I myself, havn't had an Xbox or an 360. But after hearing endless months and months, of good reveiws, school talk, game exclusives, I'm starting to wonder? Is the Xb0x 360 that gooooood? Or is it overated?

Posted by Baron A 10 years ago


Dragon Armor, so strong, even grenades wont go through it

Really, this stuff is crazy. I wonder why we dont hear more about it.

Posted by laminterious 10 years ago


BDBOW

So this is my BDBOW i'm thinking of posting it but i wanna hear what you guys think of it first, remember to subscribe.Credit goes to Zak for the 6gun handle and cause it uses somethings from his turretbow.

Posted by bigdylan91 8 years ago


NEED MOD DONE, WIll Pay

Looking for some help with a mod.   I need the guts of a bluetooth receiver or headphones(just the bluetooth module) installed into the housing of a hearing aid.  Basically just the receiving module I dont need to talk on it, it is just for audio.  I don't need or want the hearing aid parts to work or anything else inside it other then the bluetooth receiver.  obviously I need the audio from the bluetooth to come out of it though. I just need it to be rechargeable.  I will provide all the materials.   That's all I am looking for and am willing to pay for the time.

Posted by smiegel 6 years ago


Save my Christmas Tree!

My Christmas tree is no longer sucking up water,and it is beginning to droop.I remember hearing on Mythbusters that bleach helps the Christmas tree last longer. Is this a good idea,or do you have another suggestion?

Posted by Sedgewick17 10 years ago


Speed of sound question !!

My friend and I were debating : If somebody sitting in the back of a plane cockpit going faster than the speed of sound ( the whole plane that is, imagine it was the SR71 ) insults the pilot at the front will the pilot hear it and turn around to punch the guy sitting in the back? This one might be more understandable: Can someone sitting in the front of a super sonic plane hear the guy in the back, without the help of microphone and all that crap. My friend thinks it is impossible becose the plane is going faster than the speed of sound and the sound from the guy at the back will not go fast enough for it to catch up. I think that is total nonsense Anybody knows the answer ????

Posted by vince086 10 years ago


USB headset Speakers?

I hate playing socom with a headset when friends are around because they cant hear what the other people are saying. Is there anyway to make it so my Logitech headset can be wired to speakers but maintain the microphone function?

Posted by d_child 10 years ago


Converting sound to ultrasonic

I need to convert a bird sound from the audible level to the ultrasonic,  close to the the 20khz level. as long as we human cant hear the sound.  My question is,  what is the best method to convert this file? thanks in advance

Posted by bujuk 7 years ago


Prize suggestions and feedback needed! What would YOU like to win?

Hi everyone! Here at HQ we're always planning contests, but sometimes we run out of prize ideas. :D I would love to hear any and all suggestions for products you guys would like to win! I'd also love to hear feedback about prizes we've offered this year - what did you like? What didn't you like? Do you prefer getting a shiny new electronic toy or a prize pack more suited to the theme of the contest? Have a suggestion for a contest theme? Check out this topic!

Posted by randofo 4 years ago


Duct Tape

Ok, Ok, since this *is* and outdoors group/forum, and it *is* the nature of this website:What is your favorite use for duct tape? I want to hear about and see pictures of your improvisation and creativity in the outdoors at its best, using, of course, duct tape.

Posted by HAL 9000 10 years ago


Best Recipe

Hey everyone,     What is your best recipe? It can be something you made up or something you just found in a cookbook. I want to hear all about your cooking adventures! I will post my recipe for curried spinach soon.

Posted by nerdfighter73 6 years ago


MW2 Javelin!

 www.instructables.com/id/Knex-Javelin-MW2-w-top-attack/  This is my first instructable. For some reason, its not showing up in searches, but i'll see if time will solve that problem.  Anyway, I would love to hear some feedback, even critisism!

Posted by willdebeers 8 years ago