I was reading in my Discover magazine about a new phone that uses a different technology than we are used to. But, before I tell you about it, let me ask you a question. If you are in a high noise level area like around running machinery or at a NHRA Top Fuel Drag Race, and want to use your cell phone or want to answer it when someone calls, what do you do? No, in situations like that I can't hear it but then I put it on vibrate mode. Of course at the races, if two top fuel cars are going down the track, I wouldn't even feel it!! I would also be wearing ear protection of some kind.
Enter the Torque phone from Kyocera. It can transmit sound though bone and soft tussue. Just touch it to your head anywhere; on the forehead, at the back of the skull, on the tip of your nose, anywhere, and low and behold, you can hear the phone!! This way, it bypasses all the surround sound (and you don't have to have the volume turned up so loud that everyone within a hundred feet of you can hear what is being said to you). I am hard of hearing and wear hearing aids. I am sure this phone would work great for me.
It is easier to transmit sound through something solid like bone, but they are coming up with the technology to transmit sound through soft tissue, too. That solves a lot of problems for the many, many hearing impaired people in the world. There are already stuff on the market that use this technology, but the system they use only transmit sound through bone where as this new phone can use both bone and tissue. Ain't science and technology wonderful when it is directed toward helping instead of hurting people? Now have yourselves a very good Monday, you HEAR?