AirPods or hearing aid?
This is a bit of technology that I’ve been tracking for a while, ever since a very loud translator earbud nearly blew out my eardrum a couple of years back. We’ve had all of these volume limiting earbuds for kids for years, and it’s not hard to hurt your ears with current tech, so why not skip the $2000 hearing aid and go for a non-limited earbud?
As a note, below is a press release and that’s all I know of the product, just something I find interesting. Slightly edited to fit WordPress formatting
Available Today: Olive Pro Blurs the Line
Between Hearing Aids and HiFi Audio Earbuds
Olive Pro’s modern design, unmatched pricing and smart AI technology is the ultimate
hearing aids killer, offering affordable hearing for all.
CARSON CITY, NV – November 17, 2020 – Today, Olive Union is announcing its latest smart
hearable – Olive Pro – to combat the social and economic barriers to hearing aid use. The 2-in-1
hearing aids and truly wireless HiFi earbuds look like conventional Bluetooth earbuds, but are
armed with artificial intelligence to isolate unwanted noises and enhance music, conversations,
TV and more, all to your specific hearing profile. Like other hearing aids, the Olive Pro is an FDA
class II medical device, but is a fraction of the cost and doesn’t require a visit to the audiologist.
Olive Pro is available today starting at a special pre-order price of $149 ($299 MSRP), and will be
shipping in Q1 2021.
“Everyone takes a different road to healthy hearing, but no matter the journey, today’s hearing
aids industry has placed unnecessary business-driven roadblocks along the way,” said Owen
Song, Founder and CEO of Olive Union. “When my uncle first needed hearing assistance,
everything from design and pricing to technology and maintenance turned him away. Our third generation Olive Pro was built for him and the 466-million people globally, suffering from some
level of hearing loss.”
Only 20 percent of those with hearing loss seek hearing help; Olive Pro makes joining the road to
healthy hearing as easy as possible, starting from the comfort of your own home. Once in hand,
calibrating the Olive Pro to your personalized hearing profile takes just 5-minutes and can be set
up from the Olive Union iOS or Android apps – no appointment or audiologist needed. And, when
changes to your hearing levels require new settings, recalibration is as easy as the initial 5-minute
Olive Pro customizes your hearing by optimizing audio frequencies to your sound profile, while
automatically cancelling background noises and feedback. Equipped with HD speakers and two-way balanced armature drivers, it has the ability to distinguish and amplify voices, and deliver
personalized music EQ. The new onboard drivers, coupled with Olive’s AI-driven tech, enhances
your day-to-day hearing and music listening experience, customizing the audio output to your
personal hearing profile.
The Olive Pro adapts to any given environment – whether indoor or outdoors – using onboard mics
to capture, isolate, filter and reduce distracting background noises, all while amplifying the sounds
that matter most. Maximum gains, amplification and stereo sound in Olive Pro produce ultra-clear
sound quality and heightened speech recognition. And, with 18+ hours of battery life, users can
rely on Olive Pro for real-world hearing along with high-def hands-free music and calling, all-day.
Olive Pro’s uncompromised delivery of high-fidelity hearing and music starts today with a special
pre-order price of $149 (50% $299 MSRP). To learn more, visit: OliveUnion.com.