Free hearing aid/cochlear implant?

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Do any exist?

Lèyon di li N.
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Never heard of that but I would recommend integrating the deaf community instead of this kind of risky surgical operation that, moreover, is basing the ability of a great part of communication (and the most important one) on a machine. Learning sign language is not a big deal and I think any loving family member is capable of it.

Lèyon di li N.
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I also never heard of a hearing aid with free software and knowing someone using it that is using free software, if it would exist, their are chances that I would have heard about that.

Lèyon di li N.
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I've asked this person about hearing aid and it looks like a woman made a speech in a RMLL (or something like that) stating that it was hard but somehow possible to use some free software to partly tune some old hearing aid.

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It seems strange to me that this area hasn't had any activism from the FSF.

koszkonutek
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It might be because it doesn't consider those devices computers. Just as with SSDs, HDDs and printers.

But that's just my guess. And even if the guess is correct, I don't mean to judge FSF as doing sth right or wrong (seems too easy to cause a flame war about nonfree firmware here)

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I'm not so sure:

> 22. two_front_teeth: Suppose your doctor
> told you that you needed a medical procedure
> to survive but that the procedure would
> require inserting a device inside of your
> body which ran proprietary software. Would
> you be willing to have the procedure done
> to save your life?
> RMS: The only way I could justify this is
> if I began developing a free replacement for
> that very program. It is ok to use a nonfree
> program for the purpose of developing its
> free replacement.

https://web.archive.org/web/20100731111641/http://blog.reddit.com/2010/07/rms-ama.html

A hearing aid is not a circuit, it needs software calibration for each individual person (and this is not as simple as a volume switch), sometimes changing over the time of their life.