Israeli Start-up’s Headphones Adapt to People’s Unique Earprints


Danny Aronson, a classically trained composer, and his San Francisco-based technologist friend Ofer Raz, with backing from the First- Time fund, which is a part of TheTime group, decided to build a headphone that could adapt to any person’s unique “earprint,” or audiogram.

The headphones, painted a striking white for the right side and black for the left side, administer a short test upon first use, measuring how sensitive people are to eight different frequencies.

After the test, it can figure out where some people have natural deficiencies or even slight hearing loss, and pump the audio through an algorithm to compensate for it, leading to richer sound.

According to Aronson, some 30 percent of Americans suffer from some level of hearing loss, a phenomenon which has been linked to some degree to overuse of headphones.

The even headphones, he hopes, will help combat the problem. When people hear a sound more specifically tailored to their ear, they actually turn down the volume about 25-30 percent, he said.

 

 

NIV ELIS, THE JERUSALEM POST

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