June 3, 2015 in Technology
Deaftronics, a Botswana -owned company has developed the first solar-powered hearing aid, Yarona FM radio station reported here Thursday.
Speaking to Yarona FM, the co-founder Tendekayi Katsiga said the hearing aid which is called Solar Ear has a solar-powered battery charger meant to improve the lives of those with hearing loss in the developing world.
Katsiga said the company, which is a client of the Botswana Innovation Hub’s technology entrepreneurship development programme, is helping train a workforce of hearing-impaired people across three continents to assemble and distribute the device.
“The company came up with the device after they realised that the devices used in Africa only last for a month due to the fact that the batteries would die and they are not available in Africa”