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17.07.2016, 10:55   MedGizmo

MedGizmo Hearables July2016 Overview

The World Health Organisation (WHO) reports that around 1.1 billion young people under the age of 30 are at serious risk of hearing loss because of their levels of sound exposure. Add to this the number of individuals who are losing their hearing abilities due to natural aging… That makes the issue of hearing aids extremely acute.
What are hearables? In simple words – these are wearable technologies for the ear – the term that was introduced by Nick Hunn at WT|Wearable Technologies Conference 2014 in Munich.
In our post, we have no intentions to discuss the subject in depth. However, we are providing some references to reliable sources, as well as some of the latest devices and solutions. A very detailed and full of specifics work was recently released by National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NICID) Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability . According to their data, 36 million people in the United States alone experience some degree of hearing loss, which makes 15% of the total population.
An excellent illustration comes from this source:

One of the top experts in the world Nick Hunn from WiFore Consulting makes a detailed analysis of the existing market in this document: The Expanding Market for Hearable Devices. Nick Hunn, WiFore Consulting, London. March 2016. In particular, he mentions: “…hearing aids, a largely unseen market, despite its US$14 Billion annual turnover. Dominated by six companies, the industry has developed some very advanced processing and packaging technologies and is now  embracing wireless connectivity to iPhones, as well as driving a future Bluetooth audio standard which will lead to a new generation of hearing aids that connect to most audio sources.” This is an exceptional overview worth reading, which is a continuation of earlier paper: The Market for Smart Wearable Technology. A Consumer Centric Approach Nick Hunn, WiFore Consulting

I also suggest looking at the following sources:

And, finally, this illustration shows the market volume: Creative Destruction in Hearing Care - International Hearing Society  By Brian Taylor, AuD

MedGizmo follows the wearables market, and here are some hearables that were visible in the market over the last 3-4 months.

Eargo In-Ear Hearing Device

Eargo is designed to help people with mild to moderate hearing loss - that can result from aging, noise exposure or sensory/nerve loss. Patented, Class 1 medical devices - virtually invisible, completely comfortable hearing device - with patented Flexi Fibers. Eargo devices have microphones inside the ear, amplifying sound within your range of sight. Flexi Fibers suspend the Eargo devices in your ear without blocking the ear canal. Made from medical grade silicone, one of the softest, most biocompatible materials ever invented.


ProSounds H2P

Get Up To 6x Normal Hearing - Hear what you want, block out what you don't. Comfortable, discreet & affordable hearing protection. Combines high-quality hearing enhancement with simultaneous hearing protection. Made from the ground up with the latest and greatest hearing technology: offering three unique styles of tips - Foam Tip, Silicone Tip, Tulip Tip. Can enhance hearing up to 6x the normal hearing level, which can be very helpful for those who are hard of hearing. Even though the H2P is not technically a hearing aid, it can easily be used for hearing assistance.

Earlens Hearing Aid

Earlens Hearing Aid uses light and a small lens placed on your eardrum to directly activate your natural hearing system. The result is rich, complete sound that the vast majority of people find makes it easier to understand people in noisy environments and participate in group situations. Eliminates major source of whistling that troubles conventional hearing aids. Direct contact delivers the broadest frequency on the market, resulting in crisp highs and full lows.

Oticon Opn Hearing Aid

Oticon Opn - hearing aid that connects to & interacts with Internet. Improves speech understanding in noisy environments by 30%; makes it possible to follow multiple speakers in complex listening environments. All vital components are nano-coated inside and out. Robust and reliable, Oticon Opn has a certified rating of IP68 for dust and water resistance.

Aware By United Sciences Custom Fit Hearables

Aware by United Sciences custom fit hearables. Bluetooth headphone with embedded biometric sensors that measure data: brainwaves (alpha, beta, and delta), heart rate, steps, distance traveled, calories burned, accessible through your phone. The Aware hearable can track brainwaves through EEG and provide real-time feedback about focus, stress, sleep patterns, and relaxation. Start pre-set workouts and activities to begin monitoring your biometrics, or create custom workouts to further personalize your activity monitoring. Watch real-time EEG waves on the detailed focus, stress/relax, and sleep pages. Save your biometric and EEG data for the day, and track your day, week, and month trends to become more aware of your mind and body.

Novitact Unitact Smart Wristband

To communicate discreetly and securely using the sense of touch. For deaf people & those suffering hearingloss. With buttons and vibrators all around the wrist, you will wear a bracelet that helps you to communicate easily. Each vibration has its own rhythm and strength that make it unique. Pick one in our library full of different vibrating patterns, and link it with either a message or one of your favorite activities. Use the vibrations for yourself or to communicate with one or many people simultaneously


Mimi Hearing Test

 Mimi Hearing Test - the easiest way to explore your hearing. This intuitive iPhone test will give you first results after only 2 minutes. Gives you detailed information about your hearing in each ear. The results are displayed in four ways: Your hearing age: how old your ears are; your hearing profile: how well you hear specific frequencies; your hearing landscape: the lowest volumes you are able to hear; Speech Region: how well you hear specific speech patterns, such as parts of words.

17.07.2016, 10:55   MedGizmo
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