The Opening-the-Door Edition Sunday, March 28, 2021

Hearing Aids, iPhone Apps And New Tech Mean More Ways To Deal With Hearing Loss—But Same Old Anxiety, by Julie Jargon, Wall Street Journal

There’s good news. Hearing aids no longer resemble the chunky, screeching devices of the last century. Some are super-expensive, super-tiny in-ear devices you’d never notice, others are “hearables” that look like regular wireless earphones, and there are iPhone apps that work with regular earbuds—no specialized equipment necessary.

A new law is set to make over-the-counter hearing aids available to people without a visit to the audiologist, opening the door for a wider variety of inexpensive products marketed to people with only mild-to-moderate hearing loss.

The 14 Best Hiking Apps So You Can Hit The Trails All Spring Long (Without Getting Lost!), by Leigh Weingus, Parade

A favorite activity in spring, summer and fall, there’s a lot to love about hiking. But sometimes it can be hard to find a trail that best suits your needs, and when you do, it’s easy to get lost. That’s why we rounded up the 14 best-hiking apps to help you make the most of the season.

Smartphones Share Our Data Every Four And A Half Minutes, Says Study, by Ciara O'Brien, Irish Times

“I think most people accept that Apple and Google need to collect data from our phones to provide services such as iCloud or Google Drive. But when we simply use our phones as phones – to make and receive calls and nothing more – it is much harder to see why Apple and Google need to collect data,” said Prof Leith.

“Yet in this study we find that Apple and Google collect a wealth of information in precisely that situation. It seems excessive, and it is hard to see why it is necessary.”

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