It can be agonizing to come to terms with the fact that you have a disability. This will be true whether you recently received a medical diagnosis of a mental disability. Or, if you have suffered a life-changing injury. You will certainly feel the impact on your quality of life, and it is sadly, common for people with a disability to experience some level of debt. Usually, this is because someone who has special needs will find it more difficult to get a job and move forward with their life. But, hope is on the horizon because new tech is benefiting people with disabilities in lots of fascinating, often incredible ways. Let’s look at some of the different tech that has helped those with special needs.
Yes, technology has certainly helped those with hearing issues. In the past, hearing aids were your best option for getting help with a hearing issue. This would essentially amplify the sound to make sure that you could still hear properly and understand when people were talking to you. However, hearing aids often broke for various reasons. Thankfully, hearing aid repairs are often quite simple, and it’s easy to get the devices working again as they should be. But recently we have moved past hearing aids with hearing implants.
These implants are useful for several reasons. First, they can be completely hidden, and as such, no one will be able to tell an individual has hearing difficulties. Second, the quality of the sound often seems to the user for more natural, as though their ears are learning to hear once more. Implants can also be used to block out sound caused by a disability such as tinnitus.
Losing a limb, a hand or perhaps even being born without one of these parts of your body certainly impacts your quality of life. Aside from feeling different and perhaps feeling as though you look odd abnormal or ugly the loss of a limb can stop you from completing the most basic tasks in life. That’s why robotics are now being used to give these individuals a second lease on life. These new robotic arms and legs can be, with training, used like a second limb due to the fact that they can essentially sync in with the rest of the body. As such, it’s possible for an amputee to be able to control their new arm as they would if they had been born with it.
Currently, this type of technology is both rare and expensive however it won’t always be that way. As more hospitals and research labs develop this tech, it will become more common, and there will be fewer people living their life missing an arm or a leg. You can often see this tech on full display during the Paralympics.
It’s fair to say that one of the biggest issues for people with a physical disability is mobility. They often experience lower levels of movement, and the inability to enjoy life the way they want to. Similar to the elderly, many people with a disability rely on others to take them places or to get from A to B. However, in the future, things could be different and that is certainly thanks to autonomous cars. Whenever we consider this tech, we often think about how it’s going to improve the lives of the typical person rather than those who really need it. The fact is that once the autonomous tech is fully available to everyone and affordable, it’s going to mean massive changes for people with disabilities. Many will no longer have to rely on others and can regain some of their lost independence.
Exploring current research areas, you can discover that ten or twenty years from now a disability is not going to be the life change that it is today. Could exoskeletons help people who have paralyzed due to spinal injuries walk once more? It’s certainly possible, and studies are currently ongoing. In Israel, experts are testing the potential of nanotechnology to heal and fix issues with the body that have caused a disability. For instance, chronic pain is caused by plates pushing against the spine. Theoretically, using sophisticated nanotechnology an otherwise impossible surgical procedure could be completed.
As such, it is important that we keep exploring different avenues and looking at ways that tech could change the lives of those with a disability. From the simple such as providing software for basic subtitles on video media to the incredible like giving those in a wheelchair the chance to walk again.