New Medical Gadgets: Disposable Hearing Aid for on the Water and a new CPR Assistant

Wednesday, 18 June 2008
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What's going out there in the world of gadgets today you ask? Well, we found a new hearing aid and a CPR Assistant.

New Disposable Hearing Aid
Disposable Hearing AidFor people who wear a hearing aid, making the decision to bring it out on the water can be difficult. Since water and electronics don't work well and the average cost for a hearing aid in the US of A is around $2300, it can be a pricy decision. Most paddlers make the decision to leave it on shore and miss out on the sounds of what is going on around them.

As an instructor, I have had several students through the years who have fallen into this category when they take a beginner class. It makes their life a little bit more difficult as they are straining to hear what is going on overtop of the wind and noise of the group...
What's going out there in the world of gadgets today you ask? Well, we found a new hearing aid and a CPR Assistant.

New Disposable Hearing Aid
Disposable Hearing AidFor people who wear a hearing aid, making the decision to bring it out on the water can be difficult. Since water and electronics don't work well and the average cost for a hearing aid in the US of A is around $2300, it can be a pricy decision. Most paddlers make the decision to leave it on shore and miss out on the sounds of what is going on around them.

As an instructor, I have had several students through the years who have fallen into this category when they take a beginner class. It makes their life a little bit more difficult as they are straining to hear what is going on overtop of the wind and noise of the group.

That could change with Songbirds latest offering, the first "Disposable" Hearing Aid. Coming to the market later this year, it will only cost $80. You will be able to buy it over the counter without a doctor's note and because of the adjustable length wire, it should fit most ears.

The downside is the battery life. It will pump up the volume for around 400 hours (about a month) then the entire unit needs replacing. Of course the cost of owning the unit will add up over time but it is perfect as a back-up or for when you are out on the water

More info: gearlog.com

New CPR Assistant Your Job Easier
Concept CPR PadStill in the concept stage, the CPR Pad helps to assist or even teach bystanders how to do CPR on the fly. The idea is simple. You place the pad on the victim's chest, line up the guides and follow the instructions. There is a little light that flashes to help you out with the timing and will give you audible feedback (clicks) to let you know if you are applying the correct chest-compression pressure.

We think the idea is fantastic.

Designer: Ryan Helps

More info: yankodesign.com [Via: gizmodo]


David Johnston

David Johnston

David Johnston has been introducing people to the sport of sea kayaking for the past 15 years. He is a senior instructor trainer with Paddle Canada and teaches for several paddling schools in Ontario, Canada. Full Bio.

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