Difficulty understanding rapid speech is one of the most common hearing complaints of older adults—including those with normal hearing. Rapid speech during phone calls adds additional difficulty, due to the lack of facial cues to aid in comprehension. EasyListen technology addresses the problem for mobile (cell) phone conversations, slowing down incoming speech and thus improving intelligibility.

What is EasyListen technology?

EasyListen technology is an Alango speech modification technology that is implemented in BeHear hearing amplification headsets. EasyListen enables BeHear users to slow down speech heard during mobile calls and while listening to voice messages without altering the natural feel of the conversation.

Why is EasyListen useful for people with hearing loss?

For people experiencing even mild hearing loss, EasyListen technology can be particularly helpful.  Hearing degradation affects our ability to hear certain sounds that make up words, such as the letters and letter combinations f, s, sh, th, etc. In this case the brain needs extra time to determine what was said, based on overall context. In such cases, people often find themselves unduly tired without realizing that this is caused by the added strain and stress of trying to decipher words that have become unclear.

Hearing loss is not the only factor that increases the difficulty and subsequent time it takes for the brain to process what is being heard. In these cases, it is extremely convenient to be able to slow down the pace of “fast talkers” (read more here).  

How does EasyListen technology work?

EasyListen is a type of audio “time stretching” technology. This type of speech modification technology is not new however EasyListen offers a more complex and intelligent standard for the dynamic real-time control of speech. Sophisticated speech analysis is performed, and only those parts that are important for understanding, but just too fast, are slowed down to the extent that is necessary.

This is how the speech is slowed down, without altering the natural feel of the conversation:
  • Tones, noises, and other irrelevant sounds are not stretched.
  • Not all parts of the speech are slowed down equally: vowels, plosives (consonants such as t, k, p, d, g, and b) and fricatives (consonants such as f and th) are not stretched in an equal manner. Some sounds that that do not require stretching (such as “aaaa”, “yee”, “mmm”) are not stretched at all.
  • Checks and balances: Natural pauses occur in each typical conversation (such as when the speaker takes a breath). Shortening such pauses is used to reduce the delay that is generated by slowing down the audio signal. However, if the speaker talks fast continuously, with no pauses, EasyListen will gradually stop slowing down his/her monologue when the maximal allowed delay is exceeded.

Which languages can be slowed down by EasyListen?

EasyListen technology is language-independent and works equally well with Western and Eastern tonal languages. It can be activated during mobile (cell) phone calls only, not during live conversations or television/movie viewing.

Contact Us

BeHear – Alango Technologies Ltd

2 Etgar Street

Tirat Carmel, 3903213 ISRAEL

Stay informed about our products and promotions

General Inquiries

For more information about our assistive hearing products, please complete the form below.

    This site is protected by reCAPTCHA and the Google Privacy Policy and Terms of Service apply.

    Where to Buy W&H Products

    The BeHear headsets are available for purchase from our on-line store (along with the HearLink and HearLink PLUS assistive listening transmitters). For bulk purchase pricing, contact us here.

    Go to Shop

    Upcoming Events

    Come and join us at this hybrid conference to meet face-to-face, learn, explore, experience, and get to know new technologies and innovation in healthcare -- including our BeHear personal hearing amplifiers. Register here. - Dec. 6-9 (live event on Dec.…

    CES 2022

    January 5-8, 2022

    CES, the world's most influential technology event, will return to Las Vegas, Nevada in January 2022. The global stage for innovation, CES convenes the tech industry, giving a global audience access to major brands and startups, as well as the…

    Future Health Innovations

    March 15-16, 2022

    Future Health is an international world class exhibition and conference, organized in association with UKIHMA (the United Kingdom International Healthcare Management Association). Alango - BeHear is pleased to participate in this in-person showcase of innovative healthcare products and solutions that…

    Read More