If you re hard of hearing, missing everyday sounds can be frustrating but missing vital sounds like smoke alarms can be a matter of life and death.
Ahead of this year s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Oticon has showcased the world s first smart hearing aids designed to link directly to IoT devices.
For example, the hearing aids can link to a smart doorbell meaning the wearer always knows when someone has arrived at their home, or they can link to TVs to block out other noise.
More significantly, though, is that they can link to smoke detectors in case of an emergency.
This means that at any time, the sound of the smoke alarm cuts through all other noise to be "beamed" directly into the ear.
In fact, Oticon s Opn connects to the web via IFTTT meaning it can, in theory, connect to any smart device or website using the Oticon ON app.