Cool Hearing Aids, Iffy Price

Technology continues to blur the lines among medical prosthetics, consumer devices, and  just plain cool bionics. The latest device on that frontier is the ReSound LiNX system, which boosts hearing by connecting through Bluetooth to Apple iPods, iPhones and iPads.

It takes advantage of the ability to download apps in the Apple ecosystem, so that it can customize to the wearer’s preferred settings in particular environments. Lloyd Alter of Treehugger.com spotted them at CES and was loaned a pair by the company. His detailed assessment, which could double as a user manual, makes them seem like an ideal solution.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_SWP3qI7Rg]

Now why would we need hearing aids?

There’s just one little problem: When we turn to ReSound’s site, we don’t see prices listed, only that it compares to “premium products.” Fox News reported the prices as ranging from $2,400 to $3,500, depending on the amount of hearing loss. That’s on top of the cost of Apple hardware, leaving LiNX, like standard hearing aids, out of financial range for many of the people who need them most.