Wireless earphones seem to be everywhere. Most have the same key feature: play music in your ears. Nuheara is different; it wants to improve your hearing. And that's exactly what made me a life-changing earphone despite some frustrations.
At first glance, you might think that the Nuheara IQbuds are like all other really wireless earphones that exist. You see many different wireless earphones up to the charging case relatively similar.
But these are different. The main goal of Nuhearas IQbuds is not to hear music or podcasts from your phone, though they can. Instead, they want to improve their hearing. These are not hearing aids and should not be confused with hearing aids. Instead, they are, as the name implies, more of a hearing protector. If you have mild hearing problems, this boost may be all you need to improve the quality of life.
The IQbuds feature a range of microphones for every bud that appeals to the outside world, even when you listen to music or listen to music a call. While wearing, the earbuds use artificial intelligence to filter sounds, turn off background noise, and emphasize voices. Or you can "turn off the world," cutting off the microphones and most of the outside noise with a combination of noise cancellation and noise isolation (especially if you use the included Comply tips).
My hearing is technically average and I would pass any standard hearing test based on sounds and noises to determine what I can hear. When I was in my mid-30s, I lost the ability to see higher notes. Hearing aids often cost $ 5,000 for a pair, and my hearing is not so damaged that I need them – or could justify the cost. Listening tests do not tell the whole story.
When a person's voice is deep, I can not understand it. Ever. In restaurants and other places with lots of background noise, I ask people if they should repeat themselves several times. I hear the sound of voices, but it's a bow of vowels without consonants, and I fight.
My hearing problems have affected my jobs and relationships. I'm fine most of the time, but in those cases where I can not understand people, it's incredibly frustrating for everyone involved. And that's exactly what Nuheara promises to help. To give you the thrust you need, when you need it to understand people.
<img class = "wp-image-16536 size-full" data-pagespeed-lazy-src = "https://www.reviewgeek.com/thumbcache/0/0 /698e0bcafc67352dbfbac5b807fc1622/p/uploads/2019/05/x0a028ffe.jpg.pagespeed.gp+jp+jw+pj+ws+js+rj+rp+rw+ri+cp+md.ic.iVxRNfvUJ4.jpg "alt =" The Nuheara app displays sound customization, EarID hearing test, and controls When you try the IQbuds Boost Set for the first time, you are prompted to perform a hearing test called EarID Audiologists to adjust hearing aids to your needs, hear high and low tones at different volumes and tap the screen to confirm when you hear them, and their results will be displayed in rings, with gaps indicating the degree of hearing loss.
Another benefit of the test is that you know that the selected earplugs are the right one Nuheara contains generous eight pairs of silicone tips and three pairs of Comply foam tips. I have tiny ears and even the extra tiny silicone tips were too tight for me. However, I found the Comply foam tips comfortable and they provide additional noise isolation that enhances the performance of the earphones.
After completing the test, the app displays a fancy graph with results to give you an idea of what kind of noise you have hearing loss, if any. Nuheara says that it then adapts the power of the boost technology to your hearing.
You can also use the app to select audio profiles for different scenarios. You can choose between restaurant, home, office, driving and much more. You select five to load your Tap settings so you can switch between them without having to pull out your phone. And you can customize any profile, including the volume of the "world sound," the background noise that cuts out the earphones, and even the EQ settings.
The music sounds great; The world sounds better
The earphones are quite large, a quarter covers the controls of the faucet, but only just. Josh Hendrickson
Let's talk about how the Bluetooth aspect of the Nuheara earphones sounds. If you bought this set to listen to music, podcasts and stream videos, you would not be disappointed. They are easily among the best sounding earphones I've ever used.
IQ headphones have a fantastic bass for such a small set, and the balance of the overall sound is almost perfect. From Spotify to Netflix, the soundscape was just excellent. The biggest shortcoming is the Bluetooth range. While our recently tested Taotronics earphones have a number of different rooms, Nuhea's offering is just one room away.
However, you do not want to buy them primarily because of their Bluetooth capabilities. The point is how to improve your hearing. To get a sense of what the world sounds like with Nuheara earphones, first put your fingers in your ears and try to speak. Either way, you sound for yourself: uncomfortably loud and trying to compensate. After a hiring phase you get used to it.
Now hold a plastic cup over your ears for the second test. The soft and quiet echo in the background is a good approximation of everything you'll hear with Nuheara. The fact that a device filters the sounds you hear can not be bypassed. You lose something and it stands out.
As bad as that sounds, I can not say it with enough emphasis. I do not care I do not care that people sound different than usual. I do not care that I lose some of the timbre of the world around me. I just do not care. Because the only thing that interests me is this: I finally understand people.
Nuheara's earphones look really big in my little ears. However, I had no problems in public or in restaurants. Josh Hendrickson
I tested the earphones in two slightly noisy restaurants. Usually, I spend a lot of time listening to people in this environment, and more often than I want to admit, I pretend I understood something I did not understand. But I had no problems with Nuheara. At first, I could hear too much, but with the app, I could lower the background noise and concentrate only on the voices that approach me. The earphones are big, especially in my tiny ears, and they stick out like a sore thumb. But the servers did not mention them on both occasions, and they did not cause any problems using the service.
In a SUV with a large engine, the drive mode profile has suppressed almost all loud engine noise, and I could easily understand everyone around me. I thought the car might be quieter than I first thought, so I took out the earphones. As soon as I heard the engine noise, I lost track of what my son said in the backseat.
At home, in an environment where I usually hear well enough, I discovered that my family was asked to repeat less. Even in my best case, Nuheara improved the quality of my hearing and my understanding. Words always made sense to me. I say without hesitation that wearing IQbuds is almost life changing for me. And I wear them all the time and I'm happier about it.
IQbuds are not without defects
This case is the source of my biggest complaints. Josh Hendrickson
IQbuds, however, are not a perfect experience. A few things are frustrating in the overall experience, and I hope they solve some of these issues in future models.
Comfort can be a problem. Nuheara earphones work well with noise isolation, which means a very tight fit. Even with the Comply foam tips, I could rarely wear the earplugs for more than two or three hours before the pain became unbearable. This fact prevented me from thoroughly testing battery life. It should be about five hours. My wife tried the earphones with earplugs that matched her, and she thought they were alright.
Nuheara wants you to always use both earbuds. It is possible to use only the left earphone. However, this disables the faucet controls and you must control the behavior through the app. Until you open the app and "turn on the world," you will not hear anything about the single bud. If your hearing problem is in the right ear only, Nuheara is not helpful in single budding mode. You have to carry both. And without key control, it's difficult to change the listening profile or stop the music. That's why I always used both earbuds.
Hearing aid technology does not work in every scenario. I wore them shopping with my family and realized that I needed more than usual for what they said. The earphones were in this case disadvantageous and not helpful. To be fair, Nuheara does not provide a profile for "retail environments," as it does for restaurants, offices, and driving. In our TaoTronics test, we praise the use of magnets to suck the earphones into their charging cavities. The case of Nuheara does not have this. And for some reason, the earphones do not show up in the bag. they are flush with it.
Three times out of five, I do not get them properly into the hole, and I realize that only when I close the case. Indicator lights indicate whether both earbuds are charging, and I only saw one more light than I could count. The squeaking of microphone feedback from the earphones became a telltale sign that I've messed up charging again.
Even more frustrating is that the lid has a slightly too strong magnet. Between this magnet and the fact that my fingers do not hang on the hinge of the slim case, I find it difficult to open the case. The fact that I usually have to open, close, recognize that one or both buds are not being charged, opened and closed again, annoys me infinitely. The worst part of the possession of Nuheara IQbuds is dealing with the case.
They are expensive for Bluetooth headphones, cheap for hearing aids.
The case will charge the earphones four times. A simple click on the button indicates whether the earphones are charged with the lid closed. Josh Hendrickson
The subject of the IQbuds Award is complicated. The simple fact is that the Nuheara IQbud Boost Set is $ 500. There is no way around the fact that $ 500 is a lot of money. Whether you think IQbuds is expensive or not depends on what you compare.
Compared to other truly wireless earphones, $ 500 is hugely expensive – even Apple's AirPods cost $ 160 to $ 200. However, this comparison is not fair. These are not just wireless earphones. They move somewhere between really wireless earphones and hearing aids.
If you compare them with hearing aids, the price suddenly seems cheaper. On average, hearing aids for a couple cost about $ 5,000. Some of the cheaper models cost about $ 4,000. Therefore, IQbuds are far cheaper. But they're not full hearing aids either and they can not do everything a hearing aid could do, and they're not that unremarkable either.
If you have mild hearing problems, consider using Nuheara.
Due to the concave surface of the earphones, the controls are easy to hit.
Ultimately, the success of a product depends on two questions: does it make a promise and will you continue to use it? I can not say that it will improve the hearing of all. And if you suspect you have a hearing loss, you should contact a hearing care professional.
But for me the IQbuds Boost offers a clearer sound world. I understand people I have not been to before. I'm not wondering what I've missed, what I've misunderstood, and I'm not disappointed to ask someone to repeat themselves two or three times in a row.
The IQbuds in no way support another product in my home country can keep up. And that's why I first reach for the Nuheara product, even though I have other wireless earphones with cases that will not frustrate me and provide a better single-budding experience. And I do not want to stop using them. Having heard the world better than I can remember, I think she's worth the price.
Here's what we like
Music sounds great
Cheaper than hearing aids
And what we do not
Charging suitcases is very frustrating
Limited support for the single earphone mode
More expensive than other really wireless earphones