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The following content contains excerpts from a recently published article on the Wall Street Journal. Access the original article in its entirety at: https://www.wsj.com/articles/over-the-counter-hearing-aids-are-coming-heres-how-to-get-ready-11639231203

wall street journal featured image for otc hearing aid article

By: Julie Jargon
December 11, 2021 9:00 am ET

“If you think you have mild or moderate hearing loss, there are ways to prepare for one of the less-expensive hearing aids coming to your drugstore”

A hearing-aid disruption is under way, with inexpensive hearing aids heading to drugstores and other retailers sometime next year. But if you’re experiencing hearing loss, doctors and hearing experts say it isn’t wise to just wait for them to arrive.

The Food and Drug Administration is expected in the next few months to finalize a rule it proposed in October allowing people to buy hearing aids without getting a medical exam first. The rule would take effect 60 days after it’s published, following a public comment period that ends next month.

Over-the-counter hearing aids could cost a fraction of the price of hearing aids fitted by audiologists, though people with severe hearing issues will still need a high-end model from a specialist.

The FDA’s aim is to make hearing help more accessible to the 37.5 million American adults with hearing loss. Due to the high cost of hearing aids and the social stigma of wearing them, only about a fifth of the people who could benefit from a hearing aid use one, according to the agency.

Additional Article Highlights

With more affordable hearing assistive technology on the horizon, many people are tempted to simply wait until the more affordable OTC hearing aids are available. However, the article also highlights that holding off for a year or so until the new products are available “could have dire consequences.”

It points out that: “Experts warn that even people with mild to moderate hearing loss could miss out on conversations and other social activity if they don’t address it, and social isolation is a slippery slope that could potentially lead to dementia”.

Other consequences of poor hearing health highlighted also include social isolation and brain atrophy.

Thankfully, author Julie Jargon isn’t suggesting that people “rush out and get fitted for a $5,000 pair of hearing aids” and outlines a range of steps that people can take to “understand their hearing health, and to protect it, while waiting for cheaper hearing aids”.

These steps include:

  • Getting some form of hearing help (including purchasing hearables such as IQbuds2 MAX)
  • Getting your hearing tested (as many people don’t recognize their own hearing loss right away).
  • Learning what to look for in order to understand your specific hearing needs.
  • Ask others around you if they think your hearable device or hearing app is working properly (and to seek the help of an audiologist if it isn’t).

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“I think there are a lot of people waiting, but the problem is these things don’t move quickly,” said Janice Lintz, a consultant who advises institutions and companies on providing hearing accessibility. “Every day a person is unaided, they’re withdrawing from conversation.” – Wall Street Journal

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Company Update December 10 2021 https://www.nuheara.com/news/company-update-december-10-2021/ https://www.nuheara.com/news/company-update-december-10-2021/#respond Fri, 10 Dec 2021 03:27:16 +0000 https://www.nuheara.com/?p=33616 Click here to download and view a PDF of the full update presentation.

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Company Update December 7 2021 https://www.nuheara.com/news/company-update-december-2021/ https://www.nuheara.com/news/company-update-december-2021/#respond Fri, 10 Dec 2021 02:59:19 +0000 https://www.nuheara.com/?p=33606 Click here to download and view a PDF of the full update presentation.

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The Magic of Ear ID Self Assessment https://www.nuheara.com/news/ear-id/ Thu, 09 Dec 2021 06:00:46 +0000 https://www.nuheara.com/?p=23996

Ear ID is Nuheara’s proprietary hearing personalisation system embedded in IQbuds2 MAX. This easy-to-use feature measures and analyzes your hearing thresholds. Completing the Ear ID process enables custom earbuds and an enhanced hearing experience for every user.

In just 10 minutes, the application measures and generates a personal Ear ID hearing profile for both ears. Then the app shows the relative strength or weakness of your hearing at various frequencies.

Use the Ear ID hearing app to personalise your listening experience at your own convenience. The process works as follows:

  1. Purchase IQbuds2 MAX and download the IQbuds app on an iOS or Android smartphone.
  2. Measure your hearing thresholds at different sound frequencies using Ear ID in the app in just 10 minutes or less (*average)
  3. Ear ID then automatically adjusts the settings of your Nuheara hearing buds using a clinically-validated NAL-NL2 self-fit formula.
  4. Try out MAX in different auditory environments (watching TV, socializing in a cafe or restaurant, during exercise, etc.) and use the World Volume, Focus, SINC, and World EQ settings in the application to further fine-tune your hearing settings.
  5. Brag to your friends about your newly acquired, custom earbuds for enhanced hearing!
  6. Contact care@nuheara.com or visit https://support.nuheara.com/ with any additional product or technical questions.

Get Started with Ear ID

There are a number of easy-to-follow steps when beginning the Ear ID assessment.

These steps are designed to ensure that:

  • the earbuds are corrected fitted in your ears
  • testing environment is sufficiently quiet
  • all components are working and the test is ready to begin

Successfully completing these steps enhances the accuracy of your hearing profile. This ensures optimal performance for your IQbuds MAX earbuds.

Ear ID Initial Set-Up Screen

Assess Your Hearing Thresholds

For the hearing threshold assessment, simply tap the button on your screen based on when you hear a series of tones at various frequencies and volumes.

No other hearing bud system gives you the flexibility of self assessment and auto-calibration using the industry standard NAL-NL2 prescription formula – all out of the box.

Additionally, Ear ID independently measures your hearing thresholds for each ear. Therefore your IQbuds will be subsequently calibrated individually based on your hearing profile on the right versus left sides.

The assessment can be re-taken to create a new hearing profile as many times as you like.

Ear ID testing in process

Relax & Listen to Your Custom Earbuds

Once you create an Ear ID profile, then relax, watch, and listen as the application transmits the data to your now custom earbuds. Hear how the buds automatically calibrate sound based on your personal hearing configuration.

The set up is easy and straightforward. Plus the difference these ear buds are going to make become immediately apparent as you go through. The results do exceed expectations.

– Paul Steele, The Bald Hiker

Ear ID auto-calibration of IQbuds earbuds

*This post was originally published in December of 2018. Subsequent update to the post included revised information and media applicable to the latest product releases from Nuheara.

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Nuheara Secures Global Supply Agreement with Sonova https://www.nuheara.com/news/nuheara-secures-global-supply-agreement-with-sonova/ https://www.nuheara.com/news/nuheara-secures-global-supply-agreement-with-sonova/#respond Mon, 06 Dec 2021 02:26:57 +0000 https://www.nuheara.com/?p=33424 Key highlights

· Nuheara products to be sold through Sonova’s global Audiological Care businesses online and via clinics

· Adds over 3,200 Points of Sale to Nuheara’s omni-channel sales strategy

Nuheara Limited (ASX:NUH) (Company or Nuheara), transforming the way people hear by creating smart and affordable hearing solutions, is pleased to announce that it has secured a three year Global Supply Agreement (Agreement) with Switzerland-based company Sonova AG (Sonova). Under the Agreement, the Company will supply Nuheara manufactured and branded products to Sonova and its affiliates worldwide.

Headquartered in Stäfa Switzerland, Sonova is a leading global supplier of innovative hearing care solutions. The group operates through its core hearing aid brands and its Audiological Care business brands – AudioNova, Geers, Boots Hearing Care, Lapperre, World of Hearing, and Connect Hearing. Sonova reaches its customers through multiple channels, including online and via 3,200 clinics / Points of Sales (POS) in over 100 countries globally, including circa 140 POS in Australia operating under the Connect Hearing brand.

Under the Agreement, Nuheara will initially supply its products to Sonova entities in the USA and Australia. Other global regions will follow, with Europe, UK and Canada the priorities, as Nuheara establishes trading entities in those regions/countries.

Commenting on the Agreement, Nuheara Co-founder & CEO Justin Miller said: “We are delighted that Nuheara’s range of hearing products will now be available for purchase through Sonova’s Audiological Care businesses globally. Sonova is the largest manufacturer of hearing aids in the world, and the second largest globally in audiological care with more than 3,200 Points of Sale. They are the global leader in hearing health care, and we couldn’t ask for a more qualified global sales channel partner as we continue to rollout Nuheara’s omni-channel sales strategy.

“The Agreement reflects our many years of hard work developing innovative hearing products as well as Nuheara’s reputation for quality in the global market. Our initial deployment will see Nuheara products available at Sonova’s Audiological Care businesses in the USA, Australia and online, while we work through establishing trading entities in other regions and countries to extend the deployment globally.”

Key terms of the Agreement

Key terms of the Agreement entered into by Nuheara and Sonova include:

· Nuheara to supply its manufactured and branded products to Sonova and its Audiological Care business brands via their online stores and 3,200 clinics / Points of Sale

· Mutually non-exclusive

· Initial term of three years

· The Parties may mutually agree, in writing, to extend the Agreement beyond its initial term

· No volume commitments – there is no minimum or maximum contract value

· Either Party may only cancel the Agreement via breach of performance or change of control

Other terms and conditions usual for an arrangement of this type are included in the Agreement.

-ENDS-

 

AUTHORISED BY: INVESTORS:

Justin Miller Ronn Bechler, Market Eye

Managing Director and CEO Email: ronn.bechler@marketeye.com.au

Nuheara Limited Phone: + 61 400 009 774

 

MEDIA – US: MEDIA – AUSTRALIA:

Maura Yepez, Firebrand Ranya Alkadamani

Email: mauray@firebrand.marketing Email: ranya@impactgroupinternational.com

Phone: +1 415 848 9175 Phone: +61 434 664 589

 

ABOUT NUHEARA

Nuheara is a global leader in smart hearing technology which change people’s lives by enhancing the power to hear. As a global pioneer in Hearable products, Nuheara developed proprietary, multi-functional, personalised intelligent hearing devices that augments a person’s hearing. Nuheara is headquartered in Perth, Australia and was the first consumer wearables technology company to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

In 2016, the Company released its revolutionary wireless earbuds, IQbuds, which allow consumers to augment their hearing according to their personal hearing preferences and connect hands free with their voice-enabled smart devices. In 2020 Nuheara released its third-generation hearable the IQbuds² MAX. In 2021, Nuheara transformed its operations to include medical device manufacturing for its hearing aid products to meet global demand for mild to moderate hearing loss. Nuheara products are now sold Direct to Consumer (DTC) and in major consumer electronics retailers, professional hearing clinics, pharmacies and speciality retailers around the world.

The Company’s mission is to transform the way people hear by creating smart hearing solutions that are both accessible and affordable. For further information, please visit https://www.nuheara.com/.

 

ABOUT SONOVA AG

Sonova, headquartered in Stäfa, Switzerland, is a leading provider of innovative hearing care solutions. The group operates through its core business brands Phonak, Unitron, Hansaton, Advanced Bionics and the brands of the Audiological Care business, including AudioNova, Geers, Boots Hearing Care, Connect Hearing, Lapperre and World of Hearing; reaching consumers through multiple channels manufactures and supplies hearing aids, cochlear implants, wireless communication products, digital solutions, and professional audiological care.

Founded in 1947, the group is currently present in over 100 countries across the globe, has a workforce of over 14,000 dedicated employees and generated sales of CHF 2.6 billion in the financial year 2020/21 as well as a net profit of CHF 585 million. Across all businesses Sonova pursues its vision of a world where everyone enjoys the delight of hearing and therefore lives a life without limitations.

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Nuheara Receives $1.74 Million R&D Tax Cash Rebate https://www.nuheara.com/news/nuheara-receives-174-million-rd-tax-cash-rebate/ https://www.nuheara.com/news/nuheara-receives-174-million-rd-tax-cash-rebate/#respond Thu, 02 Dec 2021 01:47:50 +0000 https://www.nuheara.com/?p=33336

Nuheara Limited (ASX: NUH) (Company or Nuheara), is pleased to announce the receipt of a $1.74 million Research and Development (R&D) Tax Incentive cash rebate from the Australian Tax Office. The R&D Tax Incentive aims to boost competitiveness and improve productivity across the Australian economy by encouraging industry to conduct R&D that may not otherwise have been conducted.

The rebate received reflects Nuheara’s longstanding and ongoing commitment to be at the forefront of industry innovation and provide research leadership in the rapidly changing landscape of global hearing healthcare and leading-edge medical devices.

 

-ENDS-

 

AUTHORISED BY: INVESTOR AND MEDIA ENQUIRIES:
Justin Miller Ronn Bechler, Market Eye
Managing Director and CEO Email: ronn.bechler@marketeye.com.au
Nuheara Limited Phone: + 61 400 009 774
MEDIA – US: MEDIA – AUSTRALIA:
Maura Yepez, Firebrand Ranya Alkadamani
Email: mauray@firebrand.marketing Email: ranya@impactgroupinternational.com
Phone: +1 415 848 9175 Phone: +61 434 664 589

 

ABOUT NUHEARA

 

Nuheara is a global leader in smart hearing technology which change people’s lives by enhancing the power to hear. As a global pioneer in Hearable products, Nuheara developed proprietary, multi-functional, personalised intelligent hearing devices that augments a person’s hearing. Nuheara is headquartered in Perth, Australia and was the first consumer wearables technology company to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

In 2016, the Company released its revolutionary wireless earbuds, IQbuds, which allow consumers to augment their hearing according to their personal hearing preferences and connect hands free with their voice-enabled smart devices. In 2020 Nuheara released its third-generation hearable the IQbuds2 MAX. In 2021, Nuheara transformed its operations to include medical device manufacturing for its hearing aid products to meet global demand for mild to moderate hearing loss. Nuheara products are now sold Direct to Consumer (DTC) and in major consumer electronics retailers, professional hearing clinics, pharmacies and speciality retailers around the world.

The Company’s mission is to transform the way people hear by creating smart hearing solutions that are both accessible and affordable.

For further information, please visit https://www.nuheara.com/.

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Nuheara Clinical Trial and FDA 510(K) Pathway Update https://www.nuheara.com/news/nuheara-clinical-trial-and-fda-510k-pathway-update/ https://www.nuheara.com/news/nuheara-clinical-trial-and-fda-510k-pathway-update/#respond Thu, 25 Nov 2021 02:13:03 +0000 https://www.nuheara.com/?p=33165 Key highlights

· Candidate recruitment complete for Nuheara’s clinal trial to support the planned expansion into regulatory approved hearing aids

· More than 50% of recruited candidates have now commenced the clinical trial, with the remaining candidates expected to commence within the coming week

· Successfully completed product biocompatibility testing incorporating cytotoxicity, irritation, and sensitisation tests

Nuheara Limited (ASX:NUH) (Company or Nuheara), is pleased to provide an update on its clinical trial and pathway to FDA 510(K) approval for the Company’s clinically tested and regulatory approved hearing aids, in line with its expansion plans into medical devices.

Recruitment of candidates for the clinical trial being conducted by National Acoustics Laboratory has now been completed. This is an important milestone on the path to regulatory approval. Of further significance, more than 50% of candidates have now commenced the trial, with the remaining candidates expected to commence within the next week.

Nuheara has also engaged NAMSA, the world’s only 100% medical device-focused contract research organisation, and a U.S. FDA ASCA-accredited medical device biocompatibility laboratory, to conduct Cytotoxicity, Irritation and Sensitisation testing. The testing was conducted in accordance with ISO standards, to demonstrate biocompatibility of Nuheara’s proposed hearing aid devices. In accordance with these standards, the following excellent results were recorded:

· Cytotoxicity testing was found to meet requirements

· Irritation testing outcomes resulted in a Primary Irritation Index of zero.

· Sensitisation testing showed no evidence of contact sensitisation.

Commenting on Nuheara’s progress in relation to its expansion plans into regulatory approved medical devices, Co-founder, Managing Director & CEO Justin Miller said:

“We are very pleased with the excellent progress Nuheara has been making with its clinical trial and successful completion of the biocompatibility testing. These are important milestones on our planned path to FDA 510(K) submission, which remains on target for the first quarter of 2022.

“With regulatory changes being implemented to the hearing sector in the US, we have a company defining and vast opportunity to expand into medical devices in advance of future Over the Counter [OTC] hearing aid products and sales in the US. The proposed and pending FDA OTC Regulations are expected to be enacted in late 2022, and the work we are doing now to support regulatory approved hearing aids will allow Nuheara to reach and service the approximately 38 million American adults who report some level of hearing difficulty¹.”

References: 1 https://www.fda.gov/news-events/press-announcements/fda-issues-landmark-proposal-improve-access-hearing-aid-technology-millions-americans

-ENDS-

 

AUTHORISED BY: INVESTORS:

Justin Miller Ronn Bechler, Market Eye

Managing Director and CEO Email: ronn.bechler@marketeye.com.au

Nuheara Limited Phone: + 61 400 009 774

 

MEDIA – US: MEDIA – AUSTRALIA:

Maura Yepez, Firebrand Ranya Alkadamani

Email: mauray@firebrand.marketing Email: ranya@impactgroupinternational.com

Phone: +1 415 848 9175 Phone: +61 434 664 589

 

ABOUT NUHEARA

Nuheara is a global leader in smart hearing technology which change people’s lives by enhancing the power to hear. As a global pioneer in Hearable products, Nuheara developed proprietary, multi-functional, personalised intelligent hearing devices that augments a person’s hearing. Nuheara is headquartered in Perth, Australia and was the first consumer wearables technology company to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

In 2016, the Company released its revolutionary wireless earbuds, IQbuds, which allow consumers to augment their hearing according to their personal hearing preferences and connect hands free with their voice-enabled smart devices. In 2020 Nuheara released its third-generation hearable the IQbuds² MAX. In 2021, Nuheara transformed its operations to include medical device manufacturing for its hearing aid products to meet global demand for mild to moderate hearing loss. Nuheara products are now sold Direct to Consumer (DTC) and in major consumer electronics retailers, professional hearing clinics, pharmacies and speciality retailers around the world.

The Company’s mission is to transform the way people hear by creating smart hearing solutions that are both accessible and affordable. For further information, please visit https://www.nuheara.com/.

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Best Noise Cancelling Earbuds in 2022 https://www.nuheara.com/news/best-noise-cancelling-earbuds-2022/ https://www.nuheara.com/news/best-noise-cancelling-earbuds-2022/#respond Wed, 24 Nov 2021 19:16:31 +0000 https://www.nuheara.com/?p=33140
IQbuds MAX - award winning noise cancelling earbuds

In an increasingly loud and often chaotic world, noise-cancelling headphones and earbuds are gaining massive popularity. Whether it’s among passengers in a crowded subway train or airplane cabin, or on the streets of a major metropolis, consumers are looking to find some tranquility among the din of the modern world.

However, when looking to buy a pair of headphones or earbuds featuring noise-cancellation, not all products are created equal. Indeed, this segment of audio technology has come a long way since Dr. Amar Bose first conceived the idea of noise-cancelling audio for headphones while traveling on a flight from Zurich to Boston in the late 70’s.

Comparing 2022’s Best Noise-Cancelling Earbuds


Below is an overview of the noise-cancellation features and other functionality of some of the most popular ANC and other noise-cancelling earbuds available in 2022.

IQbuds² MAX

  • Release date: January 2020
  • Noise cancellation: Active Noise Cancellation Plus (includes ANC, speech-in-noise control, and directional hearing) + Passive Noise Cancellation
  • Connectivity: True wireless
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • CODECs: SBC, aptX and aptX-LL

Bose QuietComfort

Bose earbuds
  • Release date: September 2020
  • Noise cancellation: Active + Passive Noise Cancellation
  • Connectivity: True wireless
  • Bluetooth: Bluetooth 5.1
  • CODECs: SBC and AAC

Apple Airpods Pro

Apple AirPods Pro
  • Release date: October 2019
  • Noise cancellation: Active Noise Cancellation
  • Connectivity: True wireless
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • CODECs: AAC

Sony WF-1000XM4

Sony WF-1000XM4 earbuds
  • Release date: June 2021
  • Noise cancellation: Active Noise Cancellation
  • Connectivity: True Wireless
  • Bluetooth: 5.2
  • CODECs: SBC, AAC and LDAC

B&O Beoplay EQ

B&O Beoplay EQ earbuds
  • Release date: August 2021
  • Noise cancellation: Adaptive Active Noise Cancellation
  • Connectivity: True Wireless
  • Bluetooth: 5.2
  • CODECs: AAC, SBC and aptX Adaptive

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro

Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
  • Release date: January 2021
  • Noise cancellation: Active Noise Cancellation
  • Connectivity: True Wireless
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • CODECs: AAC, SBC

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2

Sennheiser Momentum True Wireless 2
  • Release date: April 2020
  • Noise cancellation: Active Noise Cancellation
  • Connectivity: True wireless
  • Bluetooth: 5.1
  • CODECs: SBC, AAC, aptX

Jabra Elite 85t

Jabra Elite 85t
  • Release date: November 2020
  • Noise cancellation: Active Noise Cancellation
  • Connectivity: True wireless
  • Bluetooth: 5.1
  • CODECs: SBC, AAC

Bowers and Wilkins PI7

Bowers and Wilkins PI7 earbuds
  • Release date: April 2021
  • Noise cancellation: Active Noise Cancellation
  • Connectivity: True Wireless
  • Bluetooth: 5.0
  • CODECs: aptX, aptX LL, aptX HD and aptX Adaptive

Master & Dynamic MW08

Master & Dynamic MW08
  • Release date: April 2021
  • Noise cancellation: Hybrid Active Noise Cancellation
  • Connectivity: True Wireless
  • Bluetooth: 5.2
  • CODECs: SBC and aptX

Different Types of Noise-Cancelling Earbuds

For many years, there were two basic versions of noise cancellation available for headphones, and in more recent years, earbuds. Those primary versions were so-called passive noise cancellation and active noise cancellation.

In recent years, new innovations in audio technology have enabled not only hybrid noise cancellation, but also speech-in-noise control and directional noise control. Below is an overview of the different forms of noise cancellation, both old and new.

Passive Noise Cancelling

If you’ve ever worn earplugs at a concert or to help you sleep, you’ve experienced passive noise cancellation. In-ear earbuds offer a wide range of effective passive noise cancellation. Buds that fit tightly in the ear and have a good seal generally offer good passive cancellation. Products like AirPods Pro, Jabra Elite Series, Nuheara IQbuds MAX and Amazon Echo Buds deliver this experience.

Ear tip size and material have an important impact on the passive noise cancellation. Most manufacturers offer a range of tips and most are of a flexible silicon material, but a few also offer memory foam tips. AirPods Pro offer an Ear Fit Tip test within the app to gauge the right fit.

Some earbuds tend to use other mechanisms to stay in the ear but deliver poor attenuation. Products in this category include the original AirPods that may sit comfortably on the ear but allow significant outside noise seepage.

A secure seal with your ear tips and the benefits of passive noise cancellation are generally positive. However, one side effect that is not often mentioned is the Occlusion Effect, a phenomenon experienced when ears are plugged.

The Occlusion Effect causes the unnatural low-frequency sound of our own voice that we experience due to bone conduction. This is more of an issue if the earbud is only using passive cancellation to block noise. Active Noise Cancellation can mitigate this effect in some instances.

Active Noise Cancelling (ANC)

For travelers on airplanes or workers surrounded by loud machinery, constant exposure to noise can be unrelenting. For scenarios such as these, active noise cancellation can help consumers find peace and quiet even when surrounded by a cacophony of noise.

Active noise cancellation (ANC) technology works by first detecting surrounding world noise through external microphones on the outside of the headphones or earbuds. It then goes about analyzing it and breaking the noise down into machine-readable sound waves.

Next, ANC products generate an anti-phase sound wave of equal magnitude but an opposite shape then play it back into your earbuds or headphones to cancel the ambient noise. If an airplane engine were to emit a 250 Hz sound wave at 85 dB in the cabin, ANC earbuds would emit a sound wave of the opposite shape at the same volume, thereby significantly cancelling out the noise.

Bose Quiet Comfort 20 were one of the first wireless earbuds to deliver ANC and a few other leading brands such as B&O and Sony offer ANC with wired earbuds. But until recently offering ANC in a true wireless form factor did not exist. Sony was the first brand to release a true wireless ANC earbud with the WF-1000XM3, followed by Amazon’s Echobuds with Active Noise Reduction and most recently Apple Airpods Pro.

It is anticipated that leading headset brands will continue to release true wireless buds with ANC as the chip/microphone technology matures.

Hybrid Noise Cancelling

While increasingly popular and coveted as a feature in modern earbuds and headphones, traditional ANC still has some drawbacks. Because most ANC products place their external microphones exclusively on the inside or the outside of earbuds or headphones, there is a negative impact on either the quality of the noise cancellation or on the sound quality.

Hybrid noise-cancelling earbuds and headphones theoretically offer the best of both worlds by featuring both internal and external microphones. However, the desired sound quality and noise cancellation are not always achieved in headphones, let alone in true wireless earbuds.

ANC technology is a proprietary secret for most manufacturers as they achieve results from utilizing a combination of materials, acoustic drivers, connectivity, and the algorithms for the noise-cancelling technology. All of these impact the ultimate success of hybrid noise-cancelling audio products.

Speech In Noise Control (SINC)

There are new innovative extensions of noise cancellation or sound control technologies starting to emerge that are taking noise cancelling and the shaping of soundscapes into new realms.

For instance Nuheara unveiled the concept of Speech in Noise Control (SINC) back in 2016 with its IQbuds product and with its 2nd product IQbuds BOOST in 2018. Using dual external high-fidelity MEMS microphones and sophisticated digital signal processing, IQbuds allows the user the ability to isolate frequencies of speech while dulling the frequencies of unwanted ambient noise.

Controlled from within the iPhone or Android hearing app, this innovative form of noise control allows the users to hear conversations in noisy social environments. Combined with the dynamic noise control capability and EQ Frequencies, IQbuds enable the user to control more than just the volume of sound coming in, but the nature of that sound as well so users can select specific sounds.

Directional Noise Control (Focus)

Elevating and selecting the direction of noise is also another evolution of noise control technology. Nuheara debuted this capability in the summer of 2018 by making what they referred to as “Focus” available in IQbuds BOOST.

Using directional hearing technology known as audio beamforming, users of IQbuds BOOST and now IQbuds MAX have the ability to suppress noise from behind them, thus enjoying better clarity from sounds and speech directly in front of them. This capability takes the ability to remix a person’s soundscape to a new and exciting level and provides more personalization and customization to the earbud listening experience.

The Future of Noise-Cancelling Earbuds in 2022 & Beyond

Active Noise Cancellation will soon be standard in high-end true wireless earbuds just as they are for over the ear headphones today.

Brands will then take different approaches to how they apply their technology to deliver different levels and types of active noise cancellation. This will depend on their marketing positioning, technology development focus and ultimately their technology capabilities.

Beyond active noise cancellation is where the true innovation will happen as consumers demand new ways to not only reduce noise but become masters of how they control the world of sound around them.

Directional hearing, controlling or shaping soundscapes in real time and focusing on or reducing specific sound elements in that soundscape will ultimately be at consumers finger tips as on-ear Digital Signal Processing (DSP) and microphone technology gets smarter and more intuitive.

Combining these developments with software that enables a seamless user interface could deliver exciting possibilities for the future of noise cancellation in a whole range of applications from social environments to workplaces and even in sports.


*This post was originally published in November of 2019, but has been subsequently edited to include new products and updated tech specs.

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Nuheara Launches in 241 Best Buy Stores in U.S. https://www.nuheara.com/news/nuheara-launches-in-241-best-buy-stores-in-the-us/ https://www.nuheara.com/news/nuheara-launches-in-241-best-buy-stores-in-the-us/#respond Fri, 19 Nov 2021 02:31:13 +0000 https://www.nuheara.com/?p=33033 Nuheara Limited (ASX: NUH) (Company or Nuheara) is pleased to announce that its suite of products are now available within dedicated “Hearing Solutions” displays located in 241 select Best Buy stores across the United States of America.

The expansion of Nuheara’s relationship with Best Buy is significant on several fronts:

  1. Nuheara’s products will move from online-only sales to in-store across 241 Best Buy retail stores across the U.S.
  2. The adoption of a “hearing solutions” retail category in-store by Best Buy reflects the growing demand for hearing products by consumers
  3. The combination of the in-store presence with the new “hearing solutions” retail category provides a clear pathway for Nuheara’s newly developed hearing aid products, currently undergoing clinical trials, to be offered to US customers under the recent FDA changes to Over The Counter (OTC) hearing aid regulations.

Figure 1: IQbuds² MAX on display in Hearing Solutions section of Best Buy

Commenting on Nuheara’s expanded relationship with Best Buy, Co-founder and CEO Justin Miller said: “Our relationship with Best Buy in North America across the last five years has enabled Nuheara to deeply understand key consumer insights in relation to hearing health. With our traditional retail sales rapidly growing over the first quarter of this financial year, and continuing through October, this in-store expansion is a further example of the strong momentum we are seeing return to this segment of the retail channel.”

“We are very excited to be working closely with Best Buy as it offers hearing solutions online and now in select US-based Best Buy retail stores. It is important for Nuheara’s customers that our hearing products can now be researched and purchased at Best Buy online for home delivery, hybrid via click and collect, and now directly from one of these brick-and-mortar stores with information displays,” added Mr Miller.

         

Figure 2: IQbuds² MAX on display in Hearing Solutions section of Best Buy

The proposed and pending FDA OTC Regulations expected to be enacted in late 2022, will further allow Nuheara to reach and service the approximately 38 million American adults who report some level of hearing difficulty.

Figure 3: US Best Buy retail store locations now displaying and selling Nuheara products

-ENDS-

AUTHORISED BY: INVESTORS:
Justin Miller Ronn Bechler, Market Eye
Managing Director and CEO Email: ronn.bechler@marketeye.com.au
Nuheara Limited Phone: + 61 400 009 774
MEDIA – US: MEDIA – AUSTRALIA:
Maura Yepez, Firebrand Ranya Alkadamani
Email: mauray@firebrand.marketing Email: ranya@impactgroupinternational.com
Phone: +1 415 848 9175 Phone: +61 434 664 589

 

 

ABOUT NUHEARA

Nuheara is a global leader in smart hearing technology which change people’s lives by enhancing the power to hear. As a global pioneer in Hearable products, Nuheara developed proprietary, multi-functional, personalised intelligent hearing devices that augments a person’s hearing. Nuheara is headquartered in Perth, Australia and was the first consumer wearables technology company to be listed on the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX).

In 2016, the Company released its revolutionary wireless earbuds, IQbuds, which allow consumers to augment their hearing according to their personal hearing preferences and connect hands free with their voice-enabled smart devices. In 2020 Nuheara released its third-generation hearable the IQbuds² MAX. In 2021, Nuheara transformed its operations to include medical device manufacturing for its hearing aid products to meet global demand for mild to moderate hearing loss. Nuheara products are now sold Direct to Consumer (DTC) and in major consumer electronics retailers, professional hearing clinics, pharmacies and speciality retailers around the world.

The Company’s mission is to transform the way people hear by creating smart hearing solutions that are both accessible and

affordable.

For further information, please visit https://www.nuheara.com/.

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As we move into Fall, families traditionally begin thinking about the approaching holiday season. With 2021 being another abnormal year, choosing great Christmas gadgets for Dad or Mom still requires a unique approach.

This year saw industries start getting back to their feet after being rocked with shutdowns thanks to COVID-19 but some business still continued to experience manufacturing and shipping delays. Many consumers around the globe are still living under some sort of restrictions, and therefore are limited in their ability to see loved ones and friends in person.

All of these changes have also shifted consumer preferences, which is something to consider as the holidays approach. Technology can make life and leisure more efficient and enjoyable. Additionally, the right products can help maintain social connections and personal well-being.

If you’re looking for Christmas gadgets for Dad or Mom in 2021, here are some of the top tech gift ideas that are especially appropriate for the world we’re living in today.

1. Hearing-Enhancing Earbuds + TV Audio Streaming

For some, connecting with Mom and Dad may still be limited to telephone or video calls due to the pandemic. While not the same as in-person contact, video conferences are the best alternative for safely keeping in touch. Unfortunately for many older individuals, especially those with hearing challenges, video chat communication is difficult.

For Moms and Dads who could use a little help with their hearing, but aren’t ready for a $4,000 hearing aid, IQbuds2 MAX will give them the gift of sound for the holidays. For just a few hundred dollars, get them the best truly wireless earbuds that will personally adjust to their unique hearing profile. These earbuds and the companion IQbuds app feature the same NAL-NL2 software used for prescription fitting of hearing aids. As a result, the earbuds enhance speech intelligibility and enable clearer conversations.

Additionally, with Moms & Dads spending more time at home, they’re likely to be watching more TV than ever before. Bring the sounds of TV back to life for them with IQstream TV. This devices uses Bluetooth connection to stream TV audio directly to their IQbuds2 MAX earbuds in high definition.

Additionally, the wearer of the earbuds can independently control the audio volume in their earbuds without impacting the TV itself. Aside from great sound, you may also save Mom and Dad from arguing over the TV volume this Christmas!

2. UV Sanitizers for Smartphones

After over a year of deadly viruses and quarantines, staying sanitized is top of mind for most people, especially older individuals or those with underlying health conditions. With our hands constantly in contact with smartphones, it’s imperative that these personal devices are kept clean of unwanted germs. According to the makers of the PhoneSoap 3, smartphones are breeding grounds for unwanted grime.

“Your phone is 18x dirtier and contains more harmful bacteria than a public toilet.”

There are new devices that use UV light to sanitize your smartphone. These devices reportedly kill 99.99% of germs and fit all smartphones and most size cases. Even better, it only takes about ten minutes to completely sanitize your smartphone.

 

The PhoneSoap 3 device has two charging ports, so you can safely charge your phone while it’s being sanitized. You also won’t miss any notifications thanks to its built-in audio amplifier.

3. Percussive Massage Device

Social distancing for many has meant an end to regular spa and massage therapy appointments. But sales of home exercise equipment have soared in recent years, so those tight muscles still need some attention. Additionally, with so many now trying to remain productive while working from home, massage devices help relieve soreness or stiffness from long hours in make-shift work spaces.

Mom or dad might appreciate one of the hottest items on the market this year for Christmas – the Theragun Percussive Message Device. Theragun’s range of devices will purportedly alleviate aches and pains for conditions from from Carpal Tunnel to lower back pain.


You can preset your preferences and track your sessions through a Bluetooth-connected app. All models take batteries, with up to 300 minutes of life, depending on the chosen option.

4. Urban Farmer Starter Kit

Among the many lessons learned from lockdowns and restrictions, we’ve realized the value of self-sufficiency over the last couple of years. It might be a stretch in the city or suburbia to raise livestock or start a farm. But now you can grow your own herbs and vegetables.

Consider a Smart Indoor Garden among your ideas for Christmas gadgets for Dad and Mom this year. Before you know it, they’ll be making their own salsa with home-grown tomatoes!

Even with no gardening experience, this “Click and Grow” indoor garden cares for itself by automatically calibrating light, nutrients, and water. The biodegradable pods come with the seeds and nutrients prepackaged for over 50 different plant varieties.

There’s also a smart phone app where Mom and Dad can learn more about their plants as they grow.

5. Wireless Phone Printer

Whether their kids are 2 or 42, parents still love to have photos of them on display around the house. In the age of smartphones and digital devices, we take far more pictures than we used to, but very rarely do we print them out. Usually, we would have to buy a bulky printer or upload the photos to a USB so the nearest shop can print them out. A portable phone printer is a solution to this.

The HP Sprocket is a no-nonsense, user-friendly device that everyone will be comfortable using. It allows you to take family photos from the convenience of your smartphone, or if the pandemic has separated you from seeing your loved ones, those treasured photos from a few years ago, and combine it with high-quality printing from HP.

 

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6. Air Quality Element

Let’s face it; everyone is pretty sensitive about their health these days. Sadly those in places like California or Australia are all too familiar with the perils of wildfire smoke. Worldwide, there’s also growing concern indoor air quality, CO2 levels, and the risk of COVID transmission.

Give a tech-savvy Mom and Dad the gift of better insights into their air quality this Christmas with a device like the Awair Element. This sharp-looking indoor air quality monitor will give you up-to-minute information about the temperature in your space as well as CO2 levels, VOCs, humidity, and any particulate matter present.

You can monitor all of these factors using the free Awair Home app, which connects with your device via WiFi and Bluetooth.

awair element - one of several christmas gadgets for dad or mom

We’ve all shifted how we buy products and services in 2021. As a result, there’s an increased focus on online shopping. But what we purchase seems to be evolving as well. Use these ideas for unique Christmas gadgets for Dad or Mom to find something they’ll truly appreciate and enjoy.

 

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