MedGizmo Hearables July2016 Overview
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:
- Future of Hearing: Improve Affordability and Accessibility of Hearing Devices via Hearables by Kinuko Masaki, Ph.D. produced by The National Academies
- Presentation of Australian company NUHEARA
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.
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
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.
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