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I am deaf, but hear thanks to bilateral cochlear implants. Google likens their Project Glass to being a cyborg, well I already am one. Like myself and 70,000+ other Americans, and hundreds of thousands of recipients world-wide with implants and millions who use hearing aids, sound is still a critical part of our world. I am also an engineer and software developer, and utilize technology like everyone else to make my life easier and simpler in many ways. As such I am self-proclaimed geek. Google's Project Glass is a leap forward in affordable handsfree wearable computing that has powerful beneficial implications in lives of millions who live with everyday disabilities. But, they have decided to use a technology called bone conduction sound transmission in their device to make it more discreet. As a result, those with hearing loss are left without the ability to benefit from this device fully. It doesn't matter how much you vibrate the bones in my ear, the part of my ear that transmits sound information to my brain is gone. Others with with bone conduction disease don't even have bones to vibrate in the first place. Others would still find the device not loud enough to use without frustration. A T-coil is a tiny, inexpensive antenna that transmits sound information to a special receiver that is standard in nearly every single hearing device manufactured in this country in the past 20 years. These include cochlear implant processors and hearing aids; greatly improving and enabling our ability to use these devices together. Most folks are oblivious to the fact that the cellphone they use everyday problably has this technololgy in it now, which is mandated by the FCC. However, technology companies tend to be ignorant of the fact that applications of these accessible features go beyond meeting government requirements, and make other products that are not inviting due to simple limitations. People in our community are used to being an afterthought and hence late adopters of technology that could greatly benefit our lives. I am asking Google to take the initiative and do the right thing and integrate this from the start and make it accessible as a priority.