Calling All Early-Adopters: Back Our Campaign Now to Get an Advance BeHear NOW Unit

January 10, 2018 by: admin

BeHear NOW is a Bluetooth headset with all-around, personalized hearing enhancement.

We are excited to announce the launch of an Indiegogo campaign to increase awareness and generate feedback for the first member of our “Wear & Hear” assistive products line: BeHear® NOW.

BeHear NOW is a stylish personal hearing product that looks and functions like a Bluetooth stereo headset, but includes fully customizable ambient hearing amplification. It suits people with mild to moderate hearing loss and overcomes the stigma, expense and limited functionality of a traditional hearing aid.

What makes BeHear NOW different from a hearing aid?

  • Scope: improves the user’s overall hearing experience when conversing in person or on the phone, watching television, listening to recorded or live music, or just going about daily activities.
  • Customization: can be personalized by the user with a convenient, intuitive smartphone application.
  • Design: looks and feels like a modern Bluetooth stereo headset.
  • Technology: leveraging our company’s 15+ years’ experience developing sound enhancement technologies for consumer electronics devices.
  • Sound Quality: much wider frequency range than hearing aids, which are developed for speech enhancement. Highest quality acoustic components designed for hi-fi music allow efficient reproduction and amplification of sounds from 70Hz up to 14KHz.

Why is BeHear NOW being promoted in an Indiegogo campaign?

We are already far along in the development process, having completed the design and initial production of the product. Local testing is in full swing, and now we are looking for additional feedback from users around the world before we announce general availability this spring. The Indiegogo platform gives us the opportunity to reach out to a wide range of people who can benefit from a customizable, cost-effective, feature-rich hearing enhancement product.

What is the next step?

We’re live on Indiegogo right now.  The first 300 backers will receive their BeHear NOW units right after the campaign ends in February. Take a look at the project details and if you’d like to test one out for yourself, or get one for someone you know, don’t wait too long!

Affirmation for Personalized Hearing Products at #AudiologyNOW17

April 13, 2017 by: admin

#AudiologyNOW17 was a great place to meet up with forward-thinking audiologists, such as Brian Taylor (center), editor of Hearing News Watch at HearingHealthMatters.org. He is flanked by Alango CEO Alexander Goldin (left) and Alango audiologist and engineer Suhail Habib Alla (right).

AudiologyNOW!, held this year in Indianapolis, Indiana, is the world’s largest gathering of audiologists. Alango participated in this annual meeting, which includes four days of educational sessions and an expo, by exhibiting and presenting an Industry Update. It was a great opportunity to announce our Wear & Hear line of personalized hearing products in the United States, explore the latest in hearing technology, and network with hearing professionals from around the world.

We were encouraged to hear from visitors to our booth as well as panelists in the conference that PSAPs (Personal Sound Amplification Products) and other assistive listening technologies such as ours are being welcomed by audiologists around the world. These products provide an affordable, stylish, and high performance alternative to hearing aids.

Check out these photos from the event:

  • #AudiologyNOW17 was a great place to meet up with forward-thinking audiologists, such as Brian Taylor (center), editor of Hearing News Watch at HearingHealthMatters.org. He is flanked by Alango CEO Alexander Goldin (left) and Alango audiologist and engineer Suhail Habib Alla (right).
    The Alango booth featured sample products from our soon-to-be-released Wear & Hear line of personalized hearing products.
  • #AudiologyNOW17 was a great place to meet up with forward-thinking audiologists, such as Brian Taylor (center), editor of Hearing News Watch at HearingHealthMatters.org. He is flanked by Alango CEO Alexander Goldin (left) and Alango audiologist and engineer Suhail Habib Alla (right).
    Hearing SALT is Alango's "Swiss Army Knife" for assistive hearing technology, embodying a personal sound amplifier, Bluetooth headset, remote microphone, TV listening system, Bluetooth intercom, T-coil receiver, and various safety and healthcare features.
  • #AudiologyNOW17 was a great place to meet up with forward-thinking audiologists, such as Brian Taylor (center), editor of Hearing News Watch at HearingHealthMatters.org. He is flanked by Alango CEO Alexander Goldin (left) and Alango audiologist and engineer Suhail Habib Alla (right).
    One of the most rewarding opportunities afforded by international meetings is face-to-face conversations with colleagues.
  • #AudiologyNOW17 was a great place to meet up with forward-thinking audiologists, such as Brian Taylor (center), editor of Hearing News Watch at HearingHealthMatters.org. He is flanked by Alango CEO Alexander Goldin (left) and Alango audiologist and engineer Suhail Habib Alla (right).
    We were honored to provide an Industry Update at the event, highlighting our concept product "BeHear".
  • #AudiologyNOW17 was a great place to meet up with forward-thinking audiologists, such as Brian Taylor (center), editor of Hearing News Watch at HearingHealthMatters.org. He is flanked by Alango CEO Alexander Goldin (left) and Alango audiologist and engineer Suhail Habib Alla (right).
    #AudiologyNOW17 was a great place to meet up with forward-thinking audiologists, such as Brian Taylor (center), editor of Hearing News Watch at HearingHealthMatters.org. He is flanked by Alango CEO Alexander Goldin (left) and Alango audiologist and engineer Suhail Habib Alla (right).
  • #AudiologyNOW17 was a great place to meet up with forward-thinking audiologists, such as Brian Taylor (center), editor of Hearing News Watch at HearingHealthMatters.org. He is flanked by Alango CEO Alexander Goldin (left) and Alango audiologist and engineer Suhail Habib Alla (right).
    Our booth was well-positioned between groups that advance the support for U.S. veterans' hearing health.
  • #AudiologyNOW17 was a great place to meet up with forward-thinking audiologists, such as Brian Taylor (center), editor of Hearing News Watch at HearingHealthMatters.org. He is flanked by Alango CEO Alexander Goldin (left) and Alango audiologist and engineer Suhail Habib Alla (right).
    180 companies were represented in the expo, demonstrating their goods and services to the more than 800 students who attended the conference.

Voice and Hearing Enhancement Technologies Demonstrated by Alango at CES 2017

January 05, 2017 by: admin

Alango Technologies Ltd. (“Alango”), a leading provider of voice and audio enhancement technologies, is presenting selected digital voice and audio enhancement technologies as well as hearing enhancement concept products at CES 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada, an international consumer electronics event.

Alango is demonstrating the following technology solutions this week at CES 2017:

  • EasyListen™ – slows down incoming speech in real time thus improving intelligibility of fast talkers, foreign languages, and recorded messages.
  • ListenThrough™ – a “smart algorithm” for headphones that allows enjoyment of the music while staying alert to important environmental sounds (e.g., alarm, horn, etc.)
  • Voice Enhancement Package (VEP) – a set of software technologies including a multi-microphone beamforming array and echo canceller to enhance far-field speech pick-up and response to “barge-in” commands.
  • HearPhones™ – a software reference design transforming a Bluetooth headset or “hearable” into a personal, self-tunable sound amplifier with assistive listening and other capabilities.
  • Dual Microphone Smartwatch Speech Enhancement –specially designed to discriminate between speech and noise, even when the user speaks from varying distance/direction from his/her smartwatch.
  • MuRefiner™ – a set of audio enhancement technologies that transforms a portable loudspeaker into a good quality soundbar speaker.
  • Adaptive Directional Microphone Array – a backbone of voice enhancement for smartphones, tablets, Bluetooth® headsets, hands-free in-car communication and personal sound amplifiers.

Additionally, two concept products in Beta testing under the “Wear and Hear” brand (www.WearAndHear.com) from sister company Alango, Ltd. are featured in the stand: BeHear® and SALT™.

  • BeHear is a neckband style Bluetooth headset with external microphones on each earbud enabling binaural hearing enhancement and ListenThrough awareness functionality.
  • SALT (Smart Assistive Listening Transceiver) combines all HearPhones functionality with additional features utilizing four low-noise digital microphones, small loudspeaker, motion sensor, vibration motor and telecoil.

Dr. Alexander Golden, Alango founder and CEO, said: “We are pleased to return to CES this year with substantial advancements and additions to our technology portfolio. We remain firm believers that the hearables market is poised for growth, and toward this end have invested significant R&D in our HearPhones hearing enhancement technology, as demonstrated in our concept products BeHear and SALT. Our Voice Enhancement Package (“VEP”), which is used in conjunction with voice recognition software to pick-up far-field speech commands for smart home and smartphone use, is being demonstrated in our stand. Our aim is to license our software to organizations that share a common interest of bringing useful and sophisticated voice and audio solutions to the world.”

Visit the Alango stand from Jan. 5-8 at the CES 2017, Sands Expo, Booth 51036.

About Alango Technologies, Ltd.

Alango Technologies Ltd. is a leading developer and licensor of front-end DSP technologies for voice communication and mobile audio. Alango’s worldwide customers include companies of different scale covering a wide product range. Alango technologies can be found in in-car infotainment systems, after market hands-free car kits, navigation systems, mobile phones, Bluetooth headsets, audio conferencing systems, intercoms, assistive listening devices, security and military applications. Further information about Alango can be found at www.alango.com.

Hearing Aid Prices Under Pressure From Consumer Electronics

April 20, 2016 by: admin

The consumer electronics industry is encroaching on the hearing aid business, offering products that are far less expensive and available without the involvement of audiologists or other professionals.

So writes Andrew Pollack in an article published on April 20, 2016 in the New York Times, following his visit to AudiologyNOW! 2016 in Phoenix, Arizona. The article cites some of the latest trends in the struggle to address the needs of millions of Americans who suffer from hearing impairment but are not electing to purchase hearing aids.

Consumer electronics, such as those in the Wear & Hear line of hearing enhancement and assistive listening products, are poised to fill the void.

Read the full article for details.

 

Alexander Goldin, founder and chief executive of Alango Technologies, showing off the Smart Assistive Listening Transceiver (SALT) at the Audiology NOW! convention.
(photo credit: David Jolkovski for The New York Times)