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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. Read more

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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

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The Bragi Dash is one of the most talked about in-ear wearables (aka "hearables") to ever to hit the market. After raising over 3 million dollars through an extremely successful crowdfunding campaign on Kickstarter (in early 2014), Munich-based Bragi went on to raise 22 million dollars in venture capital from a group of unidentified global investors (in Nov. 2015). In the most simple terms possible, the Dash can be described as a rechargeable wireless earphone that has the capability to store and play music files, stream bluetooth audio, track fitness stats (heart rate, step counter, etc), and provide two-way communication with a smartphone. Read more

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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 Read more