Electronic Vest Uses Smartphone To Help Deaf Hear; New Technology Processes Sound Via Phone, Transfers It Through Vest, Baylor College of Medicine Study

Hearing aids may soon become a thing of the past for deaf people thanks to a device that may enable them to take in sounds through the sense of touch.

Dr. David Eagleman, a neuroscientist at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, has taken to Kickstarter to raise funds for his new invention, the Versatile Extra-Sensory Transducer (VEST), a device that converts and transfers sound in the form of electrical signals to the brain, according to the NY Daily News.

The device, designed as a wearable vest, uses a smartphone to absorb and process external sounds into data.

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