The South African-based hearX Group announced a global launch of its revolutionary hearScope technology, via a crowd-funding campaign on IndieGoGo. The hearScope devices uses a magnification “pen” with a camera, connected to a smartphone application, to examine the ear and take high-quality pictures of the eardrum.

The company claims the quality of the images are as good as currently available diagnostic equipment used by ENT specialists. However, unlike traditional equipment, the hearScope is a much more affordable option.


Artificial Intelligence for Diagnosing Ear Disease


Not only does the hearScope take high quality images of the ear canal and eardrum, but it comes equipped with artificial intelligence (AI) that can aid in the diagnosis of suspected ear pathology.


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Part of the reason behind the crowd-funding campaign is to help the company’s AI feature become “market ready”. The hearX Group says that several ear pathologies can currently be diagnosed using the AI assistant feature:


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The company’s published research has found that its image-analysis software and artificial intelligence systems are capable of diagnosing ear disease with greater than 80% accuracy, comparable to a family doctor.



Delivery Expected in Early 2018



The company has nearly doubled its fundraising goal as of September and plans to begin production next month, with products anticipated to be available for delivery in February 2018.

Retail pricing for the hearScope is expected to be approximately $230 (USD), with a discounted rate of $195 available for backers of its fundraising campaign.



Starkey Hearing Technologies announced the launch this week of a new line of hearing aids, which the company says is based on “research in virtual reality, advanced neuroscience, and audiology and signal processing”. The new hearing aid lines include: Muse iQ, SoundLens Synergy iQ, and Halo iQ.

Alongside the hearing aids, the company also released a new TruLink Remote.


“As part of our commitment to lead the world in hearing innovation, we are excited to share the results of our collaboration with the world’s top researchers in today’s most advanced technologies. By working closely with leading researchers in the fields of neuroscience, virtual reality, and audiology and signal processing to integrate advancements into our award-winning products, we can now provide patients with new levels of presence, clarity and personalization and other benefits previously unattainable with traditional hearing devices.”

–Brandon Sawalich, Starkey Hearing Technologies President


Hearing Aid Features Inspired by VR Research


Based on Starkey’s Synergy platform and the Acuity OS 2 operating system, the new iQ technology line includes several new features. According to Starkey, the most notable new features include:


  • Acuity Immersion – Designed to leverage microphone placement to aid with high-frequency information for improved sound quality and sense of spatial awareness. Uses natural cues needed for spatial awareness and shifts them to provide the wearer with speech amplification, as well as a sense of presence and connection to their environment.
  • Acuity Immersion Directionality – Designed to restore front-to-back cues for a more natural listening experience.
  • Speech Indicators for memory – Provide descriptive names for programs rather than numeric indicators.
  • Smart VC – Allows for an increase in gain in all channels not already at maximum


“The iQ line represents a brand-new dimension in hearing technology research and innovation,” said Starkey’s new CTO and Executive Vice President of Engineering, Achin Bhowmik.


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Starkey’s new iQ family of instruments


SoundLens Synergy iQ, Muse iQ and CROS


The SoundLens Synergy iQ is the company’s newest invisible-in-the-canal (IIC) hearing aid. The devices come in three technology levels: i2400/2400, 2000 and 1600. The i2400 model is wireless and compatible with the company’s wireless Surflink accessories.

Muse iQ hearing aids are available in a full line of behind-the-ear (BTE), receiver-in-canal (RIC), as well as custom styles.  The new Muse iQ CROS and BiCROS systems allow individuals with single-sided deafness to transmit sound from their poor ear to their better ear.

For a rechargeable solution, Starkey offers the Muse iQ micro RIC 312t with optional rechargeable package.



Halo iQ and TruLink Remote


starkey halo iq hearing aidsStarkey’s 2.4 GHz-enabled Halo iQ, allows for direct connectivity to an iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple Watch, and “select Android devices”.

The company’s new wireless accessory for the Halo iQ, the TruLink Remote, is said to be compatible with Apple or Android, and also works without a smartphone.




Source: Starkey