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    If this turns into reality, then it's a massive breakthrough. Researcher's have been available to develop a mechanism that can determine what voice a listener is concentrating on, and then boost the amplification of that voice:

    https://www.news-medical.net/news/20...o-reality.aspx

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    Looks like one of those things that will be hard to move from the laboratory. A reasonably size/powered device to read brainwaves isn't an insignificant transition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by KenP View Post
    Looks like one of those things that will be hard to move from the laboratory. A reasonably size/powered device to read brainwaves isn't an insignificant transition.
    Absolutely agree. It sounds like something out of Star Trek.

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    There is a much easier way to achieve this: Wear intelligent glasses. Those can, for sure, track who you are looking at, and adjust the hearing aid to focus on that person. The only drawback of this approach is that you have to look at that person - but you don't need to turn your head there.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Musician_72 View Post
    There is a much easier way to achieve this: Wear intelligent glasses. Those can, for sure, track who you are looking at, and adjust the hearing aid to focus on that person. The only drawback of this approach is that you have to look at that person - but you don't need to turn your head there.
    How about intelligent glasses which contain all of the HA components except for a wireless separate receiver in each ear. Might need a new combined hearing and optical clinic to dispense them though.
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    I remember seeing them sold when I was in high school -- lot of years ago. I think there might be two brands out there. The drawback might be with repairs. And the frames are really substantial. Not much of a fashion statement.
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    LOL!!! I'd never heard of intelligent glasses! But short of walking around with a giant bucket on my head, I'd sure LOVE to have aids that separate out human speech from other ambient sounds. It boggles my mind that as of 2017, we only have a few rudimentary tools to help us hear better in noisy places: 1.) directional mics, 2.) noise management set to AGGRESSIVE as a pitbull 3.) frequency channels to tinker with (maybe reduce lows, keep highs) Thassall folks!
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    Just goes to show ya that the brain is still superior to a CPU/GPU.
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    University researchers publish or perish.. In order to keep the gravy train flowing. Very little ever comes to the real world from these 'discoveries'.

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    There may have been more than a few real world improvements. Doctors in these parts gave up bleeding patients quite a while back. You're just confusing real research with the red wine and coffee reporting ones.
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