See Hear, BBC Two’s flagship magazine show for people that are deaf or hard of hearing in the UK, has recently put Siemens’ Aquaris™ through its paces in a technology special. Explaining the digital device’s unique waterproof, dustproof and shockproof properties was Jamie Flanagan, an ultramarathon runner from Scotland.
Filmed on location in Edinburgh, See Hear followed Jamie through an average day starting at an early morning gym session, during his working day and then into his evening running training. The programme covered how he lost his hearing, and how his confidence and active lifestyle has been improved since being fitted with the Aquaris.
Jamie Flanagan completed his first marathon in 2009 and he now runs 100 miles and trains almost 20 hours a week. He is currently training for the 2013 Ocean Floor Race, 160 miles in extreme dust and heat conditions across the Sahara Desert. He discussed that before finding a durable digital hearing instrument he used to train without wearing one.
“We are thrilled the Aquaris has gained the recognition it deserves from such a respected deaf community television programme,” said Wendy Davies, National Sales and Audiology Manager at Siemens Hearing Instruments. “This innovative device has allowed Jamie Flanagan to take part in the kinds of high endurance activities that standard hearing instruments sometimes have to be removed for, making him safer and more confident. We hope that this TV feature encourages more hearing impaired people to take part in sports now that technology is available to keep pace with them.”