Hearables: Advances in Hearing Technology

Advances in technology have led to unique changes in medical devices, adding functionality we only dreamed of in the past. Whether it’s as simple as tracking steps or as complex as heart monitors, we have a new world of options at our fingertips. It’s an exciting time in the medical field, including hearing and audiology.


Researchers and technology developers are creating never-before-seen options for auditory devices. Did you know ear-level devices can now measure heart rate, track steps, translate languages, and detect falls? No longer just tools for directing sound, our “hearables” are helping people live more connected, inspired, and healthy lifestyles.

Most hearing aids (specialized medical devices) today could classify as a “hearable” but not all hearables are considered hearing aids. Although there are several companies building hearables that offer some degree of enhanced hearing, typically those devices are not designed as “hearing aids” but rather, lifestyle enhancers that utilize the ear and hearing – at least that’s how I like to think of them.

Some companies to keep an eye on:

  • Bragi, based in Munich, Germany, creates and builds hearable hardware and software. They sell their technology to other companies that make hearables. Their goal is to improve functionality of artificial intelligence (AI).
  • Nuheara, a company based in Perth, Australia, builds hearables that also enhance sound in your environment. You can make some personalized adjustments to the sound to create unique sound profiles.
  • Yevo Labs – based in Stockholm, Sweden. This company builds wireless earbuds to help you enjoy the music and sound from your smart phone. 

Hearables are not suitable for everyone but if you’re wondering how a hearable might improve your life, talk with your audiologist! There are so many opportunities to enhance how we experience the world around us, don’t leave your hearing out.

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