Millions of Americans suffer from hearing loss or difficulty. Development of accessible non-invasive technology solutions has been challenging in this area. Asius Technologies, out of Boulder, Colorado, may have found a solution to help people with certain types of hearing loss.
According to Asius, the company’s ADEL Technology, which stands for Ambrose Diaphonic Ear Lens, in combination with sound reproduction transducers, seals in desired sounds and controls the coupling of energy to the cochlea by means of bone conduction. These seals are created at pressures lower than those associated with “clearing your ears” during an airplane flight, which means they guarantee a certain level of safety. Using this technology, Asius has developed two earpieces to help listen to low sounds. One is designed for the hearing-impaired and expands in the ear to conform to its shape, while the other acts as a second eardrum for anyone listening to music or speech hoping to keep the volume at safe levels. The company is preparing to market these two products.
According to coverage by the Wall Street Journal:
Asius is getting ready to go to market. It has purchased generic ear buds from an overseas manufacturer and embedded its technology in them. The next step is to get its finished products on retail store shelves.
Mr. Ambrose counts Apple Inc., Beats Electronics, Skullcandy and other major ear-bud brands as its top competitors. The startup is planning to launch a campaign on the crowdfunding site Kickstarter.com to raise growth capital. Backers who contribute a to-be-determined sum will get the current versions of Asius’s audio products.
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