Tuesday, December 17, 2013

The technology that allowed a 49 year old deaf father to hear his daughter sing for the first time

Ashley and hear dad respectively wearing the Phonak RemoteMic and ComPilot that enabled the miracle

You probably heard the moving story of the « Deaf father who hears his daughter’s voice for the first time » by now. It has been repeatedly posted on Twitter , and picked up by news stations such as ABCNews, Yahoo Shine and even Mashable since yesterday.

Ken Stehle, a 49-year-old father, who has been deaf for nearly half a century, could hear his daughter sing for the first time during a school concert after being fitted with a state-of-the-art Phonak hearing solution. "It's amazing, I had goose bumps all over me. I'm very proud of my daughter," Ken told local news station KSDK.



The technology behind

Next to his Phonak Naida hearing aids Ken uses wireless technology that allowed him to hear his daughter sing clearly even though she was not close by. Equipping his daughter with the Phonak RemoteMic transmitter, and wearing the Phonak ComPilot receiver, Ken was able to overcome the challenge of hearing over distance that many people with hearing loss face.

Although it sounds like a Christmas miracle this is the result of innovative technologies developed by Phonak whose mission is to help people affected by hearing loss connect to the people they love and care about and experience sounds like never before.