Dallas Professor Wins Grant

A professor in my hometown has won a $1.5 million grant for improving a hearing aid device. “The end result of the project will be to enable users of cochlear implants to hear better in noisy situations and listen to music.” Isn’t that what Cochlear’s whisper feature is for? We can listen to music with our existing implants. So what’s different about this?
Dr. Philip C Loizou says, “In the near future, we envision patients being fitted with at least three distinct programs—one they can use in relatively quiet environments, one for noisy environments and another for listening to music.” Maybe it will be easier to use. I never use the whisper feature and my implant has two programs. It’d be nice to have more options and control them with a quick switch.