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1/12/2016
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Dawn Kawamoto
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10 Medical-Device Wearables To Improve Patients' Lives

Wearable medical devices have expanded from hearing aids to everything from heartbeat monitors to pain management. Here are 10 medical wearables worth watching.
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Smart Hearing Aids

The smart hearing technology developed by Sivantos for Siemens is designed to automatically zero in on a person's speech while minimizing background noise. The wearable devices aim to quiet background noise, synchronize hearing aids, and connect wirelessly to a smartphone. The smart hearing aids have FDA approval and are on the market in the US. While cost varies depending on the hearing care provider selling the device, they can range from approximately $2,000 to $3,000. However, Siemens has released a new line of smart hearing aids that feature some of the higher-end features but at a lower price point, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

(Image: Sivantos)

Smart Hearing Aids

The smart hearing technology developed by Sivantos for Siemens is designed to automatically zero in on a person's speech while minimizing background noise. The wearable devices aim to quiet background noise, synchronize hearing aids, and connect wirelessly to a smartphone. The smart hearing aids have FDA approval and are on the market in the US. While cost varies depending on the hearing care provider selling the device, they can range from approximately $2,000 to $3,000. However, Siemens has released a new line of smart hearing aids that feature some of the higher-end features but at a lower price point, ranging from $1,000 to $2,000.

(Image: Sivantos)

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1/22/2016 | 7:17:44 PM
Wear our health

I am especially excited about the medical wearables I think they have the opportunity to save lives and improve the quality of life for many of those that are suffering from long term chronic diseases. The challenge will be availability and whether insurance covers these devices and Medicare includes them in their plans, without that aspect their utility will be only available to those that are wealthy enough to buy and maintain these devices.

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1/18/2016 | 6:45:46 AM
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"Yes, I'd agree that we need more wearables for any kind of decease. Hopefully soon, we're gonna have something like the Star Trek's medical tricorder, to monitor or check any symptom, at anytime."

Mak63, you are right and expecting more on coming days. Now this domain gained some momentum after Apple announced about their wearable devices.
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1/15/2016 | 5:34:44 PM
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Yes, I'd agree that we need more wearables for any kind of decease. Hopefully soon, we're gonna have something like the Star Trek's medical tricorder, to monitor or check any symptom, at anytime.
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Gigi3,
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1/15/2016 | 4:14:18 AM
Wearable Medical devices
After reading the article; i realize that we all are working & earning to a certain age, for meeting our old age medical expenses. Some of the devices are too god, but when it will be get productized and whether it can be affordable to common peoples etc are big questions.
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1/15/2016 | 4:06:16 AM
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"Interesting article -- good survey. Years ago nobody wanted to wear anything like this -- now they are becoming "cool" ! Anything that sticks on the skin, as a sensor, giving readings, will have the most functionality."

Jastroff, you are right to an extent. The fact is these types of life style diseases are not so common in older days. Most of them have to do things physically and hence body is more exerted to physical activities. Now a day's life styles are changed and we all have a sedentary life style; which causing all such life style diseases. 
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1/15/2016 | 4:01:26 AM
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"I wish they were more devices for asthma and COPD, like they are for diabetes. The WristOx2 is a step in the right direction, but not barely enough."

Mak63, I wish to have more devices to monitor hear diseases and Blood pressure to avoid stroke and fainting peoples, especially when they are away from dear and near ones. 
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1/14/2016 | 10:45:21 AM
Re: First
Interesting article -- good survey. Years ago nobody wanted to wear anything like this -- now they are becoming "cool" ! Anything that sticks on the skin, as a sensor, giving readings, will have the most functionality.
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1/14/2016 | 1:17:17 AM
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I wish they were more devices for asthma and COPD, like they are for diabetes. The WristOx2 is a step in the right direction, but not barely enough.
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