Daymond John is many things: the founder and CEO of fashion brand FUBU, star of the reality TV series Shark Tank, a serial investor and the author of several bestselling books.
But he’s also one of 360 million people worldwide with hearing loss. For the first time, John is opening up about his disability and how he’s using modern technology — in the form of smart hearing aids and an iPhone — to improve his everyday life.
“You think of your grandparents wearing hearing aids — not me,” John, 43, told CNNMoney in a phone interview. “But I’m talking to you through my hearing aids … and you’d never really know I’m wearing something.”
For the past two years, John has been using smart hearing aids called Halo 2 by the Starkey Hearing Technologies, the same organization that has outfitted four U.S. presidents with hearing devices. The hearing aids were designed to work with iOS devices, allowing users like John to stream calls and listen to music and audio directly through the earpieces.