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Hearing and Visual Aid All in One?

This morning's Boston Globe features a Dutch company's product that sounds gimmicky but could offer a significant benefit. The Varibel eyeglasses have tiny microphones that serve as hearing aids built in. But they may do a better job than conventional hearing aids of amplifying sounds the user wants to hear and blocking out background noise.

That's because they intensify the sounds coming from the direction that the user is facing, due to their position on his or her face. The product's not yet on the U.S. market but who knows what kind of reception it could get.

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