Our mothers always told us to protect our hearing. Well after an extended adolescence, with tours of duty at Lollapalooza, Bumpershoot, and E3, her words are ringing in our ears (though neither loud nor clear). Thankfully hearing aid technology has kept up with humanity’s attempts at damaging itself into coolness. Today’s audiologists can allow those with significant hearing loss to cut down on yelling at everyone, or just over-clock a healthy pair of ears up to Superman levels.
We went with Microsoft’s own Jeremy Mazner to visit Dr. Jennifer DeCastro for an update and a rundown on the cutting edge of computer-personalized, Bluetooth-enabled aural bliss.