Hearables are about to hit retirement homes, thanks to an ambitious new initiative its creators call Hearables for All. Spearheaded by the Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing, the 12-month-program will let hearing-impaired elders try out the latest Internet and smartphone-enabled personal sound amplification (PSAPs) devices.
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The SnowOwl is a great product for people that occasionally have issues understanding speech-in-noise. This will occur mostly in noisy environments like restaurant, bar or party. As a wearable, you can carry it on your wrist, put it on a table, and clip it to your clothes.
Is Apple secretly planning to launch an Apple-branded hearing aid? According to Apple Insider, there is fresh speculation that Apple is planning to sell “accessibility products” directly to consumers (via online and retail outlets) “sometime in early 2016.” Details are still unclear, but Apple Insider and Ubergizmo have both speculated that Apple may be planning to sell Made for iPhone hearing aids along with other products, like Braille displays.
The center of the tech world finally seems to have discovered a technology that’s already at the center of many people’s lives: hearing aids. In recent months several hot Silicon Valley venture-capital-funded startups have emerged aiming to address one of the world’s biggest consumer technology opportunities — reaching the tens of millions of consumers with hearing loss who currently don’t use hearing aids.
Consumer electronics behemoth Samsung Electronics is reportedly planning to enter the hearing products market, possibly by the time it launches its next-generation Galaxy S7 smartphone in 2016.
After posting the findings from our recent expert-analysis of the Soundhawk (Part I and Part II), we received a few extremely enlightening emails from the company’s Chief Scientific Officer, Drew Dundas, PhD. We asked Dr Dundas if we’d be able to post some of his responses here on Hearing Tracker. He agreed to share some of his thoughts publicly, and consolidated his thoughts into the following text. All questions and comments should be left in the comment section, at the bottom of this post. Dear Read more
Last month we posted our analysis of the Soundhawk’s performance in a hearing aid test box. If you didn’t have a chance to read the review (and don’t have time now), here’s the bullet-point summary of the results:
The Soundhawk provides amplification successfully through a range of pitches important for understanding speech
The directional microphone system provides some signal-to-noise enhancement in the pitches that matter – works best in the “Indoor” setting
We are seeing 5-7dB of noise reduction for steady state noises between 50-70dB
The wireless mic system works well in quiet and in noise