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Pedro, an acoustic engineer designed an open-ear hearable device in order to allow everyone to listen to music!

Shared by Carolina Piedade on 2021-07-07 15:13

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When Pedro was starting up as an acoustic engineer in Copenhagen, he saw that due to being hard of hearing his whole life, he wasn't able to enjoy music via his headphones the same way as everyone else! Many people consider that listening to music in their different daily situations is pretty much a sacred ritual, just the same as having a cup of coffee in the morning is, and according to Pedro, by having this hearing disabilities, he would be more aware of situations where he see that the in-ear, on-ear, and over-the-ear devices available to the general public did not accommodate for people like him, who would have some type of gadget in side or around their ear canal, making it difficult to fit the two at the same time.

With this in mind, Pedro and his team at Auricle came up with a device that conducts the sound by bone conduction, which works by transmitting sound vibrations through the human skull and skin and as such bypassing the ear canal, straight into the inner ear. The effect allows the user to have a parallel hearing channel, and by letting the ear canals completely open, it allows the device user to interact, look approachable, stay connected with everyone around themselves, and also use any kind of hearing aid at the same time!

Despite bone conducting headphones being known for their not so great sound quality when compared to noise canceling in ear headphones, the team at Auricle combined the right existing technologies which resulted in them to achieving sound quality results comparable to other "conventional" headphones. This allowed hearing aid users to enjoy similar music, and at the same time getting this innovation to the general public, by enabling to be aware of your surroundings while enjoying their music.

Story adapted from https://medium.com/swlh/why-more-people-should-consider-wearing-bone-con...
Learn more about this awesome innovation here https://auricle.io/
And follow them on their socials at @auricleheadphones

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DISCLAIMER: This story was written by someone who is not the author of the solution, therefore please be advised that, although it was written with the utmost respect for the innovation and the innovator, there can be some incorrect statements. If you find any errors please contact the patient Innovation team via info@patient-innovation.com

About the author

Pedro is the CEO of Auricle, and with his team and his experience having hearing impairments designed and constructed a device that allows for a parallel hearing chanels in order for everyone to enjoy the gift of music in their lives.

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