Looking for help on a hearing modification
New here, so forgive any lapses in protocol. I'm looking for help on a project I'm working on. I've recently become a hearing aid (HA) user as my hearing is degrading for reasons unknown. Unfortunately, hearing aids aren't exactly what you might call interactive. I can't change any of the settings on my current pair (Starkey X series). I can see why this is OK for old folks, but for a young guy like me it's quite frustrating.
I did a documentary for it for BBC Radio 4 - tune in next Monday at 11am to hear it. (http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b03nt1st)
Anyway, here's the thing: I have all the technology I need right now in my ears to listen to any data I can reasonably sonify. With a bluetooth or radio adaptor, I can connect the HAs to my phone, and then possibly stream data to my ears constantly using the smartphone as an internet-linked platform.
With the right custom software, I could listen in on local wifi traffic levels, or hear geomagnetic storms above me. The idea is to build in additional layers of information that I have to instinctively decipher (so not like email alerts -- more like learning to understand parts of the everyday environment we're not normally sensitive to). Even without the phone, I believe the microphones in my HA are probably sensitive to frequencies beyond the normal range of hearing -- why not shift those into audible frequencies, if I can access the code of the HA directly? (Pitch shifting is already a normal feature of HAs.)
I realise this is a bit less 'wetware' than, say, subdermal implants, but functionally for me, it's no different to hacking the nerves and hairs of my ears, because I rely on HAs. Hearing aids are essentially a convenient surface for non-medical augmentation...
I'm currently working on an arts grant to pay for some of the time / materials needed. My question for this forum is - has anyone attempted this before? Can anyone point me in the right direction for hearing aid hackers beyond the usual google hits?