With the help of a hearing aid receiver and a portable hearing aid box, the owner of a woman in her 50s is being encouraged to get a hearing aids that will enable her to hear better.
The new hearing aids, called the HEARAC and HEARSA, will be used for about 30 years.
They have a digital display and an audio system that lets the receiver pick up information such as volume and other settings.
They also include a Bluetooth transmitter that lets people connect to it and hear a recording from it.
The HEARCA will cost about $500, and it will be available in early 2018.
But the project has had its share of setbacks.
“I have never heard of a person being able to talk with their hearing impaired neighbour, even though they have a device that is capable of doing that,” Dr Michael Binder, a senior lecturer at the University of NSW and a hearing impairment expert, told ABC News.
The woman, who lives in South Australia, is a retired university lecturer who had been suffering from chronic ear infections.
“She would be able to tell me things about the room she was in, the TV channels she was watching, her friends,” Dr Binder said.
The man she lived with for two years, who also had chronic ear infection, also had the HEARTAC, but it was unable to record his speech.
Dr Binders said he had always thought it was possible to use a hearing box to help people who had hearing impairments to communicate.
“But I thought, ‘If you have an HEARCOVER and a HEARDABLE box, that will be enough?'”
Dr Binding said.
“And so I started to think, ‘What if we could do something for someone with hearing impairment?'”
He started a crowdfunding campaign to develop the HEARDAC and developed a prototype of the HEAREAB, which was approved by the Australian College of Hearing and Speech Rehabilitation.
“We’ve been really successful with the HEADAC, and with the development of the hearing aid system,” Dr Fenton said.