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Silicon Valley Engineers Making OTC Hearables Next Big Thing

Over the past three years, Hearing News Watch has published several articles on the rise of so-called hearable devices. Combining features of a conventional hearing aid with those of consumer audio products, it seems the hearable category is about to take a big step forward. Fast Company magazine recently reported that Apple, Google and Amazon…

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Sonion and Valencell Partnership Places Big Bet on Growing Biometric Hearable Market

A May 9 Hearing News Watch article focused on the  rapid advancements in the biometric function of ear-level devices, known as hearables. Progress continued with the June 6th announcement that Sonion, a Denmark-based leader in micro acoustic and micro mechanical technologies in hearing devices, and Valencell, a leading innovator in wearable biometric sensor technology will…

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Reports Claim Apple to Release Upgraded AirPods in 2018 and 2019

CUPERTINO, CALIFORNIA — According reports from Bloomberg and others, Apple is reportedly planning to release new hardware and software upgrades to its popular AirPods. The company’s wireless earphones (AirPods) have been a significant success story for Apple since their initial launch in September 2016–with one long-time company analyst recently quoited saying he anticipates Apple’s AirPods…

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Nuheara to FDA: Please Expedite Implementation of OTC Hearing Aid Act

PERTH, AUSTRALIA — Wireless earbud maker, Nuheara, has reportedly petitioned the FDA to expedite the implementation of the Over The Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act legislation, which was signed into law by President Trump last fall. The OTC legislation will allow for hearing aids to be used “by adults to compensate for mild to moderate…

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A Preview of CES 2018 Shows Consumer Audio and Hearing Aid Technology Continue to Morph

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA — The annual Consumer Electronics Association meeting, held January 9th to 12th in Las Vegas, often provides us with a glimpse into the future. As user-friendly and relatively low cost consumer electronics devices continue to morph with stodgy medical devices. Billed as the world’s largest get-together of consumer electronic enthusiasts, the 2018…

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After Promising Start, Doppler Labs Abruptly Closes

Founded in 2013 with around $50 million in funding, Doppler Labs placed a bet with the consumer electronic marketplace that their DUBS acoustic filters and Here One wireless smart earbuds would be a raging success. Fraught with battery life issues and other problems with its recharging case, Doppler Labs shuttered its doors on November 1.…

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Analyst: Over Next Decade, AirPods Will Become “Bigger Than Apple Watch”

Long time Apple analyst Gene Munster, at venture capital firm Loup Ventures, says that he anticipates Apple’s AirPods to become “bigger than the Apple Watch“. Despite being substantially less costly than the company’s watch, which currently retails for $249-$1,499, the shift to augmented audio over the next few years is anticipated to increase demand for…

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Consumer Technology Association Unveils New Logo for OTC Hearing Aids at HLAA Convention

SALT LAKE CITY, UTAH — The Consumer Technology Association (CTA) released a new logo for the potential new category of over-the-counter hearing aids for consumers with mild to moderate hearing loss.  CTA unveiled the new logo at the annual convention of the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), held last week in Salt Lake City,…

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National Science Foundation Conducts Hearable Challenge

The National Science Foundation, an independent federal agency created in 1950, is conducting a National Hearable Challenge. The objective of the Challenge, which was announced in mid-May, is to find solutions that enhance or augment speech recognition in noisy environments. Participants have until June 26 to submit an algorithm that enhances or improves a recorded…

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