It is said that time marches on and one thing is certain: hearing loss
marches right along with it. The recorded history of hearing loss goes
back hundreds of years, and attempts to correct hearing loss have
been in existence since the very first person to cup their hand behind
have come a long way since the first rudimentary attempts at
improving hearing. Yes, hearing aid technology is still evolving and is
far from perfect, but looking back through the years of technological
advances certainly allows us to put any complaints about modern
hearing aid technology in clear perspective.
As early as the 13th century, those with hearing loss were using hollowed out horns of animals such as cows and rams as primitive hearing devices. It wasn’t until the 18th century that the more “modern” ear trumpet was invented. Funnel-shaped in design, ear trumpets were man's first attempt at inventing a device for treating hearing loss. They worked by collecting sound and “funnelling” it through a narrow tube into the ear.
Cartoon-like and bulky, these ear trumpets and the subsequent speaking tubes work well. But it didn’t prevent them from remaining the only option until electricity and the telephone were invented in the 19th century
Like our ancestors before us, we have invented a pillow with 2 funnel shaped horns inside for collecting sound, amplifying it to the ear that lays on the pillow. Not only did we solve the problem of losing 60% of hearing with the ear laying on the pillow but we increased your normal hearing by 18 decibels or ( 180% ) without the use of electronics. Whether it is used to be more vigilant to perimeter or general noise or your tech savvy binge TV watcher the pillow is the next invention in the evolution of collecting and amplifying sound for listening pleasure and general noise alerts. We know how important hearing is to our daily life and have successfully improved the quality of life for numerous people.
"Necessity is the mother of invention" -Plato