Everyone loves music, but unfortunately our hearing quality gradually declines, both with age and by exposing our ears to overly loud environments. Perhaps an under-appreciated point is that your left and right ears are a little different when it comes to frequency sensitivity and will age differently as well.
Aumeo, a project currently looking for funding on IndieGoGo, aims to help users fine-tune their listening experiences by examining and correcting for our own personal hearing inaccuracies.
The basis of the project is the little hardware box that houses the company’s tailored audio technology, which is presumably some sort of stereo EQ setup. You connect your phone up to the box either via a cable or Bluetooth and then connect up your usual headphones.
Of course, similar EQ settings are already available in most half-decent audio apps for Android for you to begin making adjustments already. Although you won’t necessarily be able to tailor the EQ in each ear, you can probably get pretty close with a little tuning. However, by using an external piece of hardware, your personalized audio settings are applied to all audio output from the handset, and not just from your favourite music app.
Before listen through the Aumeo hardware, you’ll want to test your hearing using the company’s companion app. This app tests the user’s hearing across 250 Hz, 500 Hz, 1 kHz, 2 kHz, 4 kHz and 8 kHz frequency points, using a beep while asking the user to adjust the volume until they hear the tone. From here the app builds up a profile of your hearing at these frequency and saves the settings on the hardware, which then compensates for any highs or lows.
Once setup, you won’t need to change the audio settings again, although it might be worth doing a retest if you happen to change headphones, as what you’re listening through will have an impact on what you can and can’t hear.
The Aumeo is now live on Indiegogo starting from $99 (free US shipping) or from $169 if you want a two pack. The project is already well on its way to reaching its $40,000, just 41 days left to raise the remaining $12,500.