Over the years, we’ve seen the rise all sorts of headphones, but the Audeara is probably the most unique yet. The headphone first came on the scene back in March 2017 via a successful $460,000 Kickstarter campaign.
After a year testing and building the world’s first full-fidelity headphone with built-in hearing test capabilities, Audeara has finally decided to release the product to the public.
The company says Audeara is revolutionary because a team of doctors and engineers designed it, with the primary task of delivering the perfect sound that doesn’t damage the eardrums.
The Audeara headphone is like no other on the market today
According to the creators, the headphone offers protection of the ear and delivers supreme sound that no other headphone can match.
The company states that everyone has some degree of hearing loss, and as such, this impressive headphone has the ability to take this into consideration.
“More and more young people have some loss of hearing, an increasing number with the same hearing health aged 30 that people would usually associate with a 60 year old,” says Audeara.
We should point out that Audeara was once a medical device company, but over the past three years, the company has grown into the commercial business, and that growth has made way for this headphone.
A headphone that tests your hearing? Yes, please
We understand it’s possible to use the product as a hearing test aid over a lifetime, and by doing this, the device delivers music based on the results it gathers from the test.
The headphone is all about delivering sound that is better instead of louder, the perfect sound at all time.
Now, when users wear the headphone for the first time, they are required to take a hearing test. The results gathered are subsequently stored inside the device itself where it is stored as a listening profile.
Audeara uses the profile to adjust the sound of music or whatever else to fit the needs of the user. The company says the device adjusts the right ear differently from the left, which ensures that each section of the signal reaches the user’s brain.
The headphone is particularly unique because all of the technology is stored inside the hardware itself. You see, after taking the first test, the app isn’t required for use again unless the user wants a new test.
The technology inside is interesting
Here’s the thing, the Audeara headphones takes advantage of a software interface from a smartphone application to distribute Bluetooth signal to the onboard printed circuit board (PCB).
What this does is allow the product to generate the tones and also to maintain consistency across all Bluetooth devices.
Additionally, we must point out that the headphones are automatically calibrated and the saved profile is used as the reference point for precise audiogram testing. Now, after users perform the hearing test, a modulation table is then applied.
It basically adjusts all musical signals to fit with the user’s requirements. From what we’ve come to understand, it uses an attenuation model instead of increasing gain, and that ensures maximization of the signal intensity without causing any form of distortion.
“The response from people who use the headphones for the first time is amazing. They’re usually overwhelmed at the difference in what they hear – and they wonder why they’ve been using off-the-shelf headphones for so long,” says Dr. James Fielding, CEO of Audeara.
Here’s a list of features to expect:
- Low-latency, high-fidelity Bluetooth.
- High-quality 40mm Mylar speakers.
- Adjustable headband and soft over-ear cushion.
- Rotatable design for easy storage in a slim, hard carry case when traveling.
- Built-in lithium-ion battery, rechargeable via Micro-USB jack.
- The headphones can be used as a common wired headphone with 3.5mm port.
- Advanced, active noise canceling design effectively reduces noise by up to 85%.