Deaf Can Now Listen With Their Skin Using This Device

Posted: Oct 3 2016, 12:08pm CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Deaf Can Now Listen With Their Skin Using This Device
This is how Vest Works. Illustration by Pete Sucheski
  • Now those Hard of Hearing can Use a Gadget that Allows them to Listen via Their Skin

Now those who happen to be hard of hearing can use a special gadget that allows them to listen to ordinary everyday sounds via their skin.

The question was asked by some very wise scientist. Were there other ways to experience sound besides through the eardrums? Well, apparently the skin happens to play a similar role. A half a decade ago, a neuroscientist thought about this and today it is actually being tested in its prototypical form.

He thought and thought and came up with the answer that we had this huge sound jack which was called the skin. Ths skin is also the largest organ of the body and is a sensory motherboard of sorts.

The fact that nobody had ever thought of employing this sensitive organ known as the skin for such purposes only made the whole scenario all the more intriguing. This venture was definitely worth a try.

Thus the Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST) was created. It is worn on the body like a real-life vest and it possesses 32 small motors. These transduce sound waves into vibes on the back of the wearer.

Firstly an electronic or silicon device picks up the sound signals coming in from the environment. These are broken down into a series of different frequencies. Each frequency causes one of the 32 motors to act up in return.

With duration and a little patience, the wearer learns to interpret the signals coming from certain noises in the environment. Also linguistic competence can be built up after a while as the words and sentences used by others are recognized for what they stand for. Thus this VEST acts as a substitute for the ears, according to Popular Science.

Up until now, deaf people have been trained to recognize single words and phrases. Eventually with the passage of time, they will be able to recognize entire sentences and conversations.

Also it was seen that deaf children pick up the tact of interpreting the signals and vibes better and faster than adults. This was to be expected since children are open to the learning process.

This thing called a VEST could one day allow many professionals in all sorts of fields of endeavor to gauge their environments in a thorough manner. The possibilities are infinite provide we carry on looking into the ramifications of this leading edge technology.

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