Friday, June 05, 2009

Earful for the future: Bluetooth, hearing aids, iPods

And to think that some folks my age are self-conscious about hearing aids’ being visible to others.

How about the growing numbers who now have Bluetooth devices prominently clipped to their ears? Rather than disguise them, wearers flaunt them like status symbols.

“Look, Mom, no hands!”

It’s being in touch without touching.

So what’s the difference between the Bluetoothed and the hearing-aided?

As one of the latter, I offer that the former have a choice, the latter don’t. And while my hearing aids are of the discreet, hidden-behind-the-ear type, there are times when I wish they were Bluetooth obvious.

“Hey, I wear hearing aids!” they would signal. That way folks might speak up without my having to ask them to.

With the spread of Bluetooths (teeth?), ear appendages might become a cradle-to-grave phenomenon. When the tonsils or the baby-teeth come out, the Bluetooth/hearing aid might go in.

Throw in an implanted iPod while you are at it.

What next? Contact lenses with computer-screen and TV insets. Multi-media tri-focals.

Human beings today will be seen like stripped down models of what’s to come.

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Blogger LuLu said...

I prefer "Blue Teeth" usage. There is something inherently wrong with "Blue Tooths". This just flies in the face of every diligent english teacher's goal to instill the proper plural usage in students. Now, blue hairs with blue teeth, that's just divinely progressive!

5:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cool blog you got here. It would be great to read more about this topic. The only thing I would like to see here is some pics of some gizmos.
John Karver
Cell phone blocker

5:23 AM  

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