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
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. Read more
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
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
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. Read more
The Academy of Doctors of Audiology (ADA) applauds the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) for its focus on using technology to remove barriers to care for the millions of Americans with hearing loss. ADA members are audiologists who have spent their professional lives evaluating, managing and treating patients with hearing and balance disorders. ADA is cognizant of the significant health implications of untreated hearing and balance disorders, and ADA wholeheartedly agrees that hearing loss is a public health issue that requires prompt attention. Read more
The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology met on September 18th to discuss hearing aids and hearing technology. The discussion was led by Dr. Christine Cassel, MD, a leading expert in geriatric medicine, who suggested that “technology-based changes in Federal regulations … could make this [Personal Sound Amplification Product] technology more available and begin to promote more innovation in the market.” Here is a short snippet from Dr. Cassel’s professional bio, over at the National Quality Forum. Read more
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. Read more
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. Read more
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.
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