With the introduction of its new wireless Jabra Elite Sport earbuds, the GN Group is starting to make good on its promise to cross-fertilize technologies between its headsets and hearing aids.
Touted in this week’s announcement as “the most technically advanced true wireless sports earbuds,” the Elite Sport earbuds feature stereo music, an in-ear heart-rate monitor, fitness analysis software, voice-activated Bluetooth phone calls, and automatic switching to the earbud with the least background noise. Designed for high-intensity workouts, they are impervious to sweat, waterproof for 30 minutes at a depth of three feet (IP67 rated), and work with Jabra’s Sport Life App to provide in-ear fitness-performance reporting (using heart rate and VO2 Max data). Read more
When Oticon announced that its new OpnTM hearing aids would connect users to “the Internet of Things,” a lot of people scratched their heads. Many didn’t yet know exactly what the “IoT” was, much less what it might have to do with hearing aids.
The concept is simple: the Opn hearing aids connect to the internet through an iPhone utilizing the new Oticon ON app. The hearing aids then interact with and trigger other internet-connected devices using the new IFTTT (If This Then That) protocol. Read more
Unitron’s new Moxi Now hearing aid packs a lot of technology, including wireless ear-to-ear sound processing, into a smaller package than ever – about the size of two fat blueberries. The Sonova Group subsidiary says it’s 14% smaller than its closest competitor, making it the world’s smallest wireless receiver-in-the-canal (RIC) hearing aid. Read more
Consumers are warming up to the idea of using rechargeable hearing aid batteries in place of the disposable zinc-air batteries required by most modern hearing devices. According to a recent Hearing Tracker survey, new rechargeable technologies – that provide longer battery life in smaller packages – are leading many hearing aid consumers to consider making the switch. Read more
I am 84 and have used hearing aids for 25 years. Until 2014 they worked so well that I could almost ignore them. But then I learned unconditionally that “sometimes hearing aids are just not enough”! I.e. like when talking to doctors, lawyers, family, work men around the house, fill in the blanks, etc! Read more
Nura, an Australian technology startup, has promoted Nura headphones on Kickstarter as a music-listening device that "automatically measures your hearing" and adjusts "to your unique hearing profile" - all in about 30 seconds. Earlier today, Nura's crowdfunding campaign was named the "best funded Australian Kickstarter campaign ever" by Business Insider Australia. Nura's Kickstarter page currently shows over 4000 backers and over 900 thousand dollars in pledges. Read more
Anyone who owns a cellphone can’t be faulted for assuming most hearing aids are powered by rechargeable batteries. You don’t have to buy a new disposable battery and throw out the old one every time your cellphone battery dies, do you? Of course not – you plug your phone in at night and simply recharge it for another day of use. Read more
Hearing Tracker recently surveyed over 500 hearing aid users to help get a better idea of how long hearing aid batteries really last. We asked participants about their battery size, their hearing aid style, what brand of hearing aids they use, and whether they use streaming technologies, etc. Read more
Hearing loss is a significant public health concern, and efforts should be made to provide adults with easier access to and more affordable options for hearing health care, especially for those in underserved and vulnerable populations, says a new report from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine. Read more
Personal sound amplification products, or PSAPs, have gotten a lot of attention recently from the media and federal regulators, not to mention the many venture capitalists funding new PSAP companies. Noting lower costs and improving performance of these unregulated products, they wonder whether PSAPs might be an easier and more affordable solution than hearing aids for the more than 30 million Americans with untreated hearing loss. Read more