Australian startup Nura hopes to disrupt the personal audio business with Nuraphone, a set of headphones that can create a tailored listening experience based on an individual’s hearing. Scott Wilson finds out if Nura’s technology can deliver on the promise of clearer sound.
What if your headphones could be tailored for your hearing in the same way glasses are tailored for your eyesight? That’s what a Melbourne startup called Nura believes it can do with Nuraphone, a pair of self-learning headphones that it claims can tailor audio playback for every person’s individual way of hearing. Chances are, you’ve not even considered that the way you hear sound might be different from everyone else, but according to Nura, even the most expensive headphones are offering us a less than optimal listening experience.
The idea behind Nura’s technology is that the we all hear sonic frequencies differently, and if we can measure how sensitive we are to low, mid and high tones and adjust the output accordingly, we should all be able to hear music more clearly. Nuraphones do this by measuring optoacoustic emissions, a low-level sound emitted by the cochlea either spontaneously or when sound enters the ear – in other words, a kind of echo.
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