SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA — Neosensory, a company that builds devices for sensory augmentation, and Oaktree Products, the leading provider of clinical supplies to the hearing care industry, have partnered to allow hearing care professionals to purchase the Neosensory Buzz for their patients directly through Oaktree Products.
Developed by neuroscientists David Eagleman and Scott Novich, the Neosensory Buzz represents an entirely new type of Assistive Listening Device. The wearable device captures sound from the environment and translates it into unique vibrational patterns on the wrist. Buzz’s algorithms use over 29,000 different patterns based on a sound’s intensity and pitch, with an adjustable frequency response to customize the experience for the wearer. First unveiled in a TED talk in 2015, this approach allows auditory information to get to the brain via an unusual channel (the skin). The brain learns quickly how to make sense of the signals.
“Oaktree is excited to partner with Neosensory to expand our product offering to include The Buzz, which we believe is a unique solution that caters nicely to patients with severe to profound hearing loss. The Buzz can be positioned to the patient as a wrist-worn, all-purpose alerting device, as well as a complementary device to be worn with hearing aids or a cochlear implant to further enhance speech discrimination.”
–Dave Kemp, Director of Business Development at Oaktree Products
Dr. Eagleman of Neosensory added, “Countless Buzz users who are deaf and hard of hearing tell us how much this device improves their lives by enhancing their relationship with the world of sound, safety noises, and social cues. We are proud to partner with Oaktree to allow hearing professionals to obtain Buzz.”
Hearing professionals interested to learn more about Buzz and research behind the device can visit neosensory.com/audiologists
Neosensory empowers people with new senses. Developed by leading neuroscientists and engineers, the Buzz wristband translates ambient sound into patterns of vibration. The team is dedicated to making meaningful social impact with non-invasive, transformative technology. Learn more at Neosensory.com
About Oaktree Products
Oaktree Products, Inc. serves as a resource for audiologists and other hearing health care professionals with a commitment to providing the highest level of customer service. As a mutli-line distributor of hearing health care products, the company offers over 4200 different products intended for use in the clinical environment or for resale to patients. In addition, Oaktree Products is a resource to the hearing industry and hearing health care professionals, offering information, product solutions, and technical training/education in various areas of clinical practice including hearing assistance technology, cerumen management, and infection control. Learn more at Oaktreeproducts.com