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Using Otoacoustic Emissions for a Personalized Listening Experience: Nura Headphones

After an extremely successful Kickstarter campaign in 2016, raising nearly $2 million dollars, Nura headphones became available for purchase in the spring of 2017.

The concept of nuraphones was to create a high-fidelity, highly-customized listening experience. However, unlike other wired or wireless headphones, nuraphones actually measure the wearer’s otoacoustic emissions (OAEs) to offer an individualized listening experience.


nura app headphones


The OAE measurement recorded is used to create a unique “Hearing Profile” of the wearer, which is accessible through an upcoming smartphone app available for iOS or Android. Music is then played back based on your unique Hearing Profile.

Because OAEs may not be present at some (or all) frequencies in individuals with hearing loss, the company noted that the accuracy of the Hearing Profile will be reduced in those cases.


Customized Listening Experience

The company believes their unique method of customizing the listening experience for the wearer allows nuraphones to offer the highest quality sound:


nuraphone features



Nuraphones also offers a unique “immersion mode”, to provide listeners the feeling that they’re in a live music venue:


“We don’t just hear music – we feel music. The nuraphone delivers bass you can feel, while maintaining crystal clear detail. It works by splitting the melodic sounds to an in-ear speaker, and the bass sounds to an over-ear tactile driver that delivers the sound through your skin. For the first time you can adjust your level of immersion. Stand at the back of the room, or in the front row.”


nura headphone immersion mode


Nuraphones Specs and Pricing


The headphones can be connected with an analog cable or wirelessly through Bluetooth connection.


nura headphone specs


nura headphone speakers

The Nura headphones are currently available for purchase online, at $399 USD.




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  1. My favorite Sony product is the Sony Over-Ear Noise Cancelling Bluetooth Headphones so I can listen to great music and not my brother playing Call of Duty

  2. sooooo…it looks like you wouldn’t be able to use the headphones with your hearing aids in place? Frankly, “booming” low frequencies are more of an annoyance to me than a help, especially if lyrics or speech is present in the signal.
    Can you give us a little more detail?

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