The race seems to be on to commercialize a hearing aid that fits entirely inside the ear. A few days ago we reported on a project from an academic engineering team in Germany that’s working on miniaturizing and unifying components of hearing aids. Now we got word about a team based in Serbia that is touting the development of a prototype, supposedly the world’s smallest hearing aid, that’s just about ready for production.
The PICO hearing aid is powered by a tiny battery only 1.375mm x 0.85mm x 200 microns in volume, but that can run the device for up to six days per charge. The volume levels can go up to 120 dB and the audio processing can be programmed for each individual’s unique hearing loss.
The developers of PICO are now looking for crowdfunding through Indiegogo to help finance the commercialization of the device.