Vest for the deaf translates speech into vibrations

November 24, 2014 2:17 PM

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Vest for the deaf translates speech into vibrations

A new wearable device that translates spoken words into vibrations could help deaf people perceive speech in a completely new way.

There are about 2 million functionally deaf people in the United States and 53 million worldwide. Cochlear implants can effectively restore hearing in some individuals, but they are costly, require invasive surgery, and don't work as well for deaf people over age 12.

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