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Turn your iPhone into speech amplifier and hearing aid with this free and simple app Mobile Ears

We often miss out on many important conversations or sounds due to age or lifestyle related hearing loss. It is more common among young people now due to high exposure of loud noise.

Millions of young adults are at risk of hearing loss

Some 1.1 billion teenagers and young adults are at risk of hearing loss due to the unsafe use of personal audio devices such as smartphone. Exposure to damaging levels of sound at noisy entertainment venues such as nightclubs, bars and sporting events adds to the problem. Unsafe levels of sounds can be, for example, exposure to in excess of 85 decibles (dB) for eight hours or 100dB for 15 minutes.

As a result, if you tend to miss out on important discussion with your friends or during a work meeting, dont blame on your listening ability or low attention span. It is possible that you belong to an ever expanding milld to moderate hearing loss club and you are certainly not alone.

Mobile Ears can turn your phone into hearing assistant

No need to call your doctor yet, mobile technology can help you get some of that hearing ability back.

Mobile Ears can help hear those missing sounds clearly through your iPhone and earbuds. No need for any expensive hearing aid devices. Just plug-in your earphone and turn back time. Mobile Ears uses a unique speech amplification technology that ensures users hear everything clearly irrespective of background noise or number of people in the room. You can download the app here.

Clarity of speech & sound at zero cost

Mobile Ears is the result of years of joint research efforts by Listen AS and Norwegian research organization SINTEF to perfect speech clarity, noise cancellation, filtering and removal of unwanted background noise. Speech clarity is at the core of Mobile Ears. Most others solutions in the market sound metallic & unnatural to new users and getting used to them can take anywhere from 2 to 6 weeks.

“Exclusion from communication can have a significant impact on everyday life, causing a feeling of loneliness, isolation and frustration. Our mission is to enable quality hearing under any environment, for everyone”, says Arjun Bhatt, VP of Sales & Marketing, Listen AS. “Mobile Ears is easy to use, requires no special devices, beneficial for people of all ages and suitable for indoor as well as outdoor sound environments. I am confident that this one-click solution can be of assistance to millions of Indians who are unable to use traditional medical hearing aids.”

Barriers for pursuing hearing care

The reasons for not pursuing hearing care can be broadly divided into stigma and price-related. The number one reason is denial about any hearing impairment, saying that they can hear well enough. The other stigma-related reasons are: using a hearing aid will look embarrassing, unattractive and I am too young to have such a problem. The price-related reasons are high cost of hearing aids and no coverage by insurance providers. These insights are based on a research by David & Werner in a review on “Stigma and Health” in 2016.

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Joachim Jacobsen
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