A University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee professor hopes to improve the lives of millions of Americans with hearing loss through his development of low-cost hearing aids that don’t require a prescription.
Yi Hu‘s grandfather, who lived in a rural coal mining region in China, began complaining about hearing loss in 2005. The associate professor and chair of UW-Milwaukee’s Electrical Engineering department said that piqued his interest in finding a way to use his skills to help.
“He had no access to an audiologist, a very small town, and the hearing aides were just too expensive for him,” said Hu. “So, that’s about the time when I started my journey of developing the sound amplification devices.”