The idea of using BAHA implants for cell phone users was an April Fool’s joke that no-one saw. It’s possible isn’t it? Smoking is banned in public places as it could cause disease in the unwitting non-smoker.
When people can’t hear on mobiles, they either stick a finger in the other ear or shout. They can’t hear because of background noise, which is moslargely caused by other mobile users doing the same. Multiply it by a million and there is a problem.
Do you remember ‘road rage’ when everyone suddenly started yelling at each other for some misdemeanour in traffic? The offenders were removed from public view and went to spend time at Her Majesty’s leisure (in jail for US bloggers ). You can’t do that with background noise. It is something we have to sort out by thinking, creating ideas and getting them implemented.
There is huge opposition from the mobile phone companies. Two years ago, two multinationals: one sent me to a non-monitored voicemail, the other suggested coming back when I could see how to make a profit. Last weekend a company selling components for mobiles forecast sales of one billion phones a year until 2016/17 (seen on Bloomberg). They can be part of the solution. Why wouldn’t they? If we can quieten everyone down, they can sell more mobiles.
One solution: Hearing Loops on mobiles, that’s hearing-aid wearers sorted. Needed: a way of connecting the phone to the ear for someone with ordinary hearing. Thinktank? Competition for the public? What do you think?
It’s not about financial profit, it’s about saving us all from the consequences of background noise.
PS. City of Philadelphia - LOL. Food for thought.
- City of Philadelphia Plays Joke on Pedestrians (fox4kc.com)