In celebration of Global Accessibility Awareness Day, Samsung has unveiled an updated feature called Ambient Sound for its Galaxy Buds2 Pro earbuds, aimed at providing better auditory experiences for individuals with hearing loss. This enhancement offers users the ability to listen to their favorite music while remaining aware of their surroundings, or alternatively, to block out external noise when desired.
The latest version of the Ambient Sound feature includes two additional levels of customization, bringing the total to five amplification levels.1 This expansion enables even more users to benefit from improved hearing experiences.
Improving Hearing Accessibility and Customization
The effectiveness of this feature was evaluated through a clinical trial conducted by the University of Iowa’s Hearing Aid and Aging Research Laboratory.2 The research demonstrated that the Galaxy Buds2 Pro significantly enhanced speech perception in individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss. A similar trial carried out by Samsung Medical Center revealed that the earbuds could effectively assist individuals with mild-to-moderate hearing loss in communicating better in quiet environments.
The updated feature offers users increased customization options for their audio settings. Galaxy Buds2 Pro users can fine-tune their Ambient Sound preferences by adjusting volume levels individually for the left and right earbuds. They can also choose from five different stages of tone range, ranging from soft to clear. Moreover, the Adapt Ambient Sound feature allows the earbuds to adapt to the user’s unique hearing needs, providing enhanced clarity for perceiving the sounds of their surroundings.
Han-gil Moon, the Master and Head of Advanced Audio Lab, MX Business at Samsung Electronics, expressed excitement about introducing this enhanced accessibility feature on Global Accessibility Awareness Day.
“We are excited to be introducing the new enhanced accessibility feature of the Galaxy Buds2 Pro to users on Global Accessibility Awareness Day. Samsung will continue to work to help each and every user experience the best possible audio anytime, anywhere with their Galaxy Buds2 Pro.”
Samsung’s latest innovation aims to make technology more accessible and inclusive by addressing the needs of individuals with hearing impairments. By expanding the capabilities of the Galaxy Buds2 Pro with the new Ambient Sound feature, Samsung continues to prioritize accessibility and inclusivity in its product development.
According to the company, the new enhanced Ambient Sound feature will be progressively released on Galaxy Buds2 Pro via software updates in the coming weeks.3
1 Accessed in the Laboratory menu under Earbuds settings in the Galaxy Wearable app.
2 Clinical trials by the University of Iowa and Samsung Medical Center were conducted with the Ambient Sound feature at its maximum level (Level 5).
3 Availability may vary by market, carrier and model.