The BBC World Service has a fascinating radio programme on hearing loss and how it’s spurring the move towards auditory enhancement technology for everybody.
The documentary, called Hack My Hearing, was created by science writer Frank Swain who is suffering hearing loss. He explores different forms of hearing disturbance and looks at technologies that aim to enhance hearing and how they soon might provide ‘super human’ auditory abilities.
One of the best things about the documentary is that it has been brilliantly engineered so you can experience what most of the forms of hearing loss and hearing enhancement in the documentary sound like.
It is definitely one to be listened to on headphones and it sounds wonderful.
Sadly, it’s only available as streamed audio at the moment, but you can listen to the full programme at the link below.
Update: The programme is now also available from the BBC as a podcast – downloadable directly as an mp3.
Link to Hack My Hearing streamed audio.