Better Hearing is Now Within Reach – Part 2

This is the second installment of a 3-part series. If you haven’t yet read the first installment, you can read it here.

An Unorthodox Approach Brings Hope

Woman enjoying streamed music, personalized for her hearing preferences.

The development trend for hearing aids throughout history has been to make the devices smaller and less noticeable. We, on the other hand, wanted to make our hearing enhancement devices stylish, and even fashionable. Instead of making them expensive medical devices, we wanted to make them affordable consumer electronics devices. In addition, we wanted our devices to be high performance and multi-functional. And finally, we wanted our devices to act as hearing protectors by reducing loud ambient noises to safe levels.

Consumer Electronics Can Serve a Wider Purpose

We chose a Bluetooth headset as a basic form factor for our hearing enhancement device concept due to its ubiquity. Its cost of goods is low and public acceptability is high. In order to transform it into a powerful hearing enhancement device we first investigated its existing components, and found:

BeHear NOW diagram showing position of all components.
This diagram of the BeHear NOW headset shows the position of all components.
  • At least one microphone. In many Bluetooth headsets we can find a dual microphone, something relevant to high end hearing aids only.
  • A high-quality speaker that is much better than that of hearing aids, due to their size limitations.
  • A Digital Signal Processor that is 4-5 times more powerful than that of most of hearing aids.
  • Bluetooth connectivity present only in the latest, greatest and most expensive hearing aids
  • An environmentally friendly rechargeable battery

The Missing Component: Hearing Enhancement Software

Alango Technologies logo
Alango Technologies has been developing sound enhancement technologies since 2002.

That means that there is only one important piece missing to transform ANY Bluetooth headset into a powerful hearing enhancement device. This piece is software. Just do it, and you have exciting news for more than 1 billion hearing impaired people world-wide. Since we are a software sound processing company, we did it! We created a licensable software reference design that makes it possible to add hearing enhancement functionality to virtually any Bluetooth headset. We call our solution Hearphones™.

Wear and Hear Life Sounds Better logo

In order to be sure that our solution was good, and that it really could help hearing impaired people as well as or better than hearing aids, we decided to go one step further. We decided to create our own brand of concept products that we call Wear & Hear, with our slogan “Life Sounds Better”.

How Does this Approach Compare to Conventional Solutions?

In the next post in this “Hearing Better is Now Within Reach” blog series, we’ll compare this unorthodox approach with the conventional solutions.

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