Bose Conducts Limited Launch of New Wireless Amplified Earphones

Twenty-sixteen is shaping up to be a remarkable year in the evolution of wireless audio technology, sometimes called hearables.  Last January, Starkey Hearing Technology announced a strategic partnership with the hearable company, Bragi. During the year we saw a slew of wireless earphones enter the market, including one from Resound’s sister company, Jabra, the Here…

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Hearable Maker, Bragi, Faces Lawsuit for Patent Infringement Over Sensor Technology

RALEIGH, NORTH CAROLINA — Valencell, a wearable and hearable biometric sensor technology company, announced this week that it is filing a patent infringement lawsuit against German hearable startup, Bragi. The company accuses Bragi and its subsidiaries of patent infringement over the Bragi Dash. The lawsuit comes nearly one year following patent infrignment suits filed by Valencell against Apple…

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The Line between Hearing Aids and Hearables Continues to Morph

Whatever one thinks of the PCAST and NASEM recommendations to improve access & affordability for consumers, as well as any looming changes to current FDA hearing aid regulations that could impact professionals, the emerging hearable technology market continues to garner a great deal of press. Since Apple introduced their $159 per pair AirPods, expected to…

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Does the AirPod Signal a New Era in Audio Computing?

Does the arrival of Apple’s new wireless AirPods, which carries a retail price tag of $159, signal a new era of how we connect with our smartphones and laptops?  Given the cultural significance of an Apple product launch, it is a good bet that the AirPod wireless headphone is the catalyst needed for the hearable…

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Look, Ma, No Cords! Apple launches iPhone 7 and Wireless AirPods

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA — Maybe it’s not the show stopping event it was in the ‘00’s when Steve Jobs was at the helm, but when Apple launches a new product people tend to pay attention. Apple’s latest launch of several new product upgrades, including the new iPhone 7, was announced at 10 am PDT on September…

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GN-Owned Jabra Aims to Take on Bragi, Samsung; Launches New Hearable

BALLERUP, DENMARK — Headset maker Jabra, a subsidiary company of the GN Group, announced the upcoming release of what it dubs as the “most technologically advanced wireless earbuds” available: the Elite Sport. The new Elite Sport wireless earbuds will come fully equipped with a heart rate monitor, music/stereo streaming, in-ear audio coaching with real time feedback, and…

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Recent Report: Apple is Pushing Further into Healthcare

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA — The morphing of medical devices with consumer electronics continues as, according to a recent report in Med Device Online, Apple has filed a patent for a wearable device capable of collecting electrocardiographic (EKG) signals from various points on the body. This patent may lend credibility to rumors surfacing in early August that…

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Is 2016 the Year of the Hearable? Status of Apple and Samsung Gadgets

With launch details recently reported by the fashion technology website, Fashnerd.com, Apple and Samsung have plans to launch their own hearables. Samsung recently gave us a glimpse of their latest gadget, the Gear IconX, as reported by HHTM in early May. However, we now have more details from the company about what the devices will have to offer,…

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Will Samsung’s new IconX, and Apple’s Rumored Wireless Earpods, Disrupt Hearing Aid Industry Further in 2016?

Last week the world caught its first glimpse of Samsung’s new IconX hearable device. The leaked images, but scant details, spread across the tech world like wildfire. It appears that Samsung is ready to go toe-to-toe with Apple if the tech giant decides to make the rumored, but radical, decision to ditch the headphone/audio jack…

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Recent Reports Bring Audiology & Hearing Aids into National Spotlight

On April 21st the FDA heard several hours of arguments both in support and against recent PCAST guidance on the deregulation of hearing aids in order to improve affordability and accessibility for consumers. A broad range of experts, including audiologists, physicians, scientists and consumer advocates presented data to support their respective view of the possible…

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