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Accessibility Minute - Assistive Technology Tips and Tricks for Everyone

Mar 10, 2017

226-03-10-17 Olive: Next-Generation Hearing Aid 
Hey there! Welcome to Accessibility Minute, your weekly look at Assistive Technology, those clever tools and devices designed to help people who have difficulties with vision, mobility, hearing or other special needs!
According to developers at Olive Union, two of the biggest problems with hearing aids are: 1. the price, and 2. the social perception.  These issues thus inspired the development of the Olive.  The Olive is noted as "the affordable, next-generation of hearing aids."  It uses a smart sound algorithm and Bluetooth technology to enhance hearing in challenging social situations.  
Other key features of the Olive include:
- Sleek appearance
- Hearing self-test using the Olive app
- Customized hearing profile
- Active hearing status management
- Completely wireless system
- Automatic Bluetooth pairing
- 8 hours of battery life
- Portable charging case that can fit in pockets or purse
- And so much more!
The Olive was successfully crowdfunded on Indiegogo and is now in beta-testing. To sign up for updates, visit
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