Esteemed Audiologist Reviews Wear & Hear Solutions

April 23, 2019 by: admin

Hearing education blogger suggests BeHear NOW as an alternative to traditional OTC hearing devices

♦ A.U. Bankaitis, PhD, is a clinical Audiologist with extensive clinical, research, and business experience within the hearing industry. She recently reviewed Wear & Hear products in her hearing education blog.

After describing its many features, and highlighting the EasyListen™ technology which slows down speech during mobile calls, Dr. Bainkaitis writes:

The customization offered by BeHear NOW may be appealing to adults pursuing an alternative to traditional OTC devices. The established retail price of $249 is very reasonable given the functionality offered by the device.

Read the full article here.

April 2019 Newsletter

April 18, 2019 by: admin

Are Hearables a Fit for Audiologists?

Dave Kemp of Oaktree TV interviews Ruth Bridger to discover why audiologists should be interested in Wear & Hear.
Dave Kemp of Oaktree TV interviews Ruth Bridger to discover why audiologists should be interested in Wear & Hear.

♦ Oaktree TV Clip Discusses Why Hearing Professionals Should Consider Wear & Hear ♦ New Assistive Hearing Blog Launched ♦ Point-by-Point Comparison Between Bose Hearphones and BeHear NOW Published ♦ Visit Wear & Hear at HLAA in Rochester, NY ♦ 

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Read the complete April 2019 newsletter here.

Dutch Customer Weighs in on BeHear NOW Personal Hearing Device

April 01, 2019 by: admin

Veteran In-ear Hearing Aid User Reviews Assistive Hearing Solution

W&H BeHear app, Hearing Assessment screen, Advanced mode
The free W&H BeHear app, available for iOS and Android devices, includes a self-administered Hearing Assessment to personalize the BeHear NOW headset.

♦ Having struggled for some time with an in-ear hearing aid, I noticed the BeHear NOW headset. The problem with the in-ear system was that earwax (which seemingly I produced more than usual) quickly clogged the small speakers. Also, using many throw away batteries did not appeal to me. Changing to small rechargeable batteries solved that partly but not fully.

I did hesitate to switch to a hearing band [form factor] but this was overcome as I could make use of a trial period.

The BeHear NOW headset is a kind of multi-function device. Apart from acting as a hearing aid, one can also use it a hands-free mobile phone or as one’s private speaker connected via Bluetooth (without -noticeable- transmission delay).

As a hearing aid, one has to match the required amplification over the frequency range which is easily done via the app. The nice thing is that one can “cheat” though that is -of course- not advised.

Once properly set, the app is not needed, so it will work stand-alone.

When losing the Bluetooth transmission, the device will give you a notification. Same when you are back within range. No hassle of pairing again when momentarily going out of range.

I was pleasantly surprised by the good quality when using it as a Bluetooth headphone playing music via a tablet. The volume controls worked nicely.

Just some notes:

On the website you will find a more extensive user manual (under the “Resources” menu) which I recommend to read.

The band uses a battery which is charged via micro usb.

There is a microphone in each of the control boxes.

There is  a microphone in each of the earpieces.

Be prepared to play with the settings.

And, enjoy this headset!

Alango BeHear NOW and Bose Hearphones Features Compared

March 19, 2019 by: admin

Hearables Comparison Published on Hearing Tracker

BeHear NOW and BOSE Hearphones provide similar functionality, but differ in product offering, price and distribution method.♦ Bose Hearphones were introduced in 2016. They feature active noise reduction, directional microphones, Bluetooth audio and call streaming, smartphone app control, and more. But with the hearables market heating up, there are now multiple alternatives to consider, some of which offer similar technology at a lower price point.

Alango’s BeHear NOW headset, launched in 2018 by Alango’s Wear & Hear (W&H) assistive products line, is the most noteworthy Bose Hearphones alternative. Both the Alango and Bose headsets aim to enhance hearing, and both support Class II Bluetooth connectivity. And because both use an in-ear neckband form factor, they are strikingly similar in appearance.

“But with BeHear NOW coming in at just $249 (versus $499 for the Bose), price is a major differentiator between the two.”

And aside from price, there are a number of key differences to consider when comparing the Bose Hearphones with Alango’s BeHear NOW. To read the entire comparative article, click here.

Globes Article Traces Alango’s History

March 11, 2019 by: admin

From Hands-free Phone Tech to Assistive Hearing

Logo for Globes newspaper♦ This article published in the Globes newspaper traces Alango’s history from its founding to present day sound technology enhancements in the form of assistive hearing devices.

The Globes writer, Gali Weinreb, interviewed Alango’s CEO, Dr. Alexander Goldin. The article traces Dr. Goldin’s career prior to founding Alango two decades ago, and documents how he used the company’s expertise in sound enhancement technology to launch its new line of personalized hearing devices called Wear & Hear. Furthermore, benefits of BeHear NOW, the recently launched first product in the Wear & Hear line, are described. For example:

“…at least for people with slight hearing problems, the product can be adapted without an audiologist.”

To read the entire article, click here.
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February 2019 Newsletter

February 12, 2019 by: admin

Give the Gift of Better Hearing

CES Interview with Alango CEO: "BeHear Now is the Swiss Army Knife of Hearing Technologies"
CES Interview with Alango CEO: “BeHear Now is the Swiss Army Knife of Hearing Technologies”

♦ Alango CEO Interviewed at CES ♦ Leading U.K. Charity for Hearing Loss Rates BeHear NOW ♦ Oaktree Products to Distribute Wear & Hear Solutions in North America ♦ Visit Wear & Hear at AAA in Columbus, Ohio ♦ BeHear NOW Showcased in Israeli Innovation Exhibition ♦

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Oaktree Products to Distribute Wear & Hear

February 07, 2019 by: admin

Leading multi-line distributor of products and supplies to the hearing industry in North America partners with Alango to offer personalized hearing devices to hearing professionals

Oaktree Products is the leading multi-line distributor of products and supplies to audiologists and hearing professionals.
Oaktree Products is the leading multi-line distributor of products and supplies to audiologists and hearing professionals.

♦ Alango has signed a distribution agreement with Oaktree Products (“Oaktree”), the leading multi-line distributor of products and supplies to audiologists and hearing professionals. According to the agreement, Oaktree will sell Alango’s “Wear & Hear” line of personal hearing devices via their catalog, online store, and specialty channels in North America.

Assistive Hearing Products Form New Hearables Category

To address the needs of the millions of people with mild-to-moderate hearing loss worldwide (who are not currently benefiting from hearing aids), Alango has incorporated its field-proven digital sound processing technologies into a line of affordable, wearable consumer electronics devices that provide personalized hearing enhancement to the wearer. The result: a new product line under the brand name “Wear & Hear”.

Leading Provider of Clinical Hearing Supplies Connects Professionals with Solutions

Oaktree and Alango staff outside the former's headquarters in Chesterfield, Missouri.
Oaktree and Alango staff outside the former’s headquarters in Chesterfield, Missouri.

“Amongst hearing professionals, the name Oaktree represents a competent resource for a wide variety of quality hearing supplies,” states Dr. Alexander Goldin, CEO and founder of Alango Technologies, Ltd. “We are excited to partner with Oaktree to bring our unique Wear & Hear solutions to hearing clinics in North America. We believe audiologists and other hearing professionals will appreciate the opportunity to offer the Wear & Hear alternative to clients who are not ready, for whatever reason, to use hearing aids.”

“In addition to clinical supplies, Oaktree Products has been involved in offering audiologists and other practitioners a wide scope of communication solutions beyond traditional hearing aids,” states Bob Kemp, founder and owner of Oaktree Products, Inc. “Wear & Hear is a product line that represents a viable option for adults who need some help but are not quite ready for regular hearing aids. One feature it has that is totally unique, is the ability to slow down speech on the phone, which could help a lot of people.”

Hearables Line Combines Alango Sound Enhancement Technology with State-of-the-Art Consumer Electronics

The Wear & Hear line of stylish, affordable, always-on, always-connected wearable audio devices is designed to enhance user’s hearing and deliver customized, crystal clear and pleasantly natural audio and voice directly to an individual’s ears.

The first member of the Wear & Hear product line, BeHear® NOW, is a multi-functional, high-performance, low-cost alternative to traditional hearing aids. It is a truly personal Bluetooth headset featuring advanced signal processing with self-fitted ambient hearing enhancement and assistive listening capabilities. After a simple hearing preferences assessment performed via an intuitive smartphone application supporting both Android and iOS devices, all sounds (ambient, phone calls or music) are customized for the wearer.

HearLink™ is a Bluetooth transmitter that connects to the standard analog audio output of most audio devices or television sets. It sends the audio signal directly to the paired BeHear® NOW headset, thus eliminating ambient noises, room reverberation, and other types of sound interference which hamper intelligibility of speech and music appreciation.

About Oaktree Products

Established in 1992, Oaktree Products is the leading multi-line distributor of products and supplies to the hearing industry. Oaktree Products offers everything beyond the hearing instrument to audiologists and other hearing health care professionals with over 4200 products for use in the clinical environment. (https://www.oaktreeproducts.com/)

About Alango Technologies, Ltd.

Alango Technologies, Ltd. (www.alango.com) has been developing sound enhancement technologies since 2002, selling over 40 million software licenses that improve the audio experience in automotive, entertainment, and smart home applications around the world. Realizing the importance and opportunity of combining the sound enhancement technology found in hearing aids with the advances and costs in the consumer electronics world, the Company is now using its field-proven expertise in sound technology to create products for personal hearing enhancement: the “Wear & Hear” product line (www.WearAndHear.com).

Action on Hearing Loss Reviews BeHear Now

January 16, 2019 by: admin

Blogger Gives Top Marks to Wear & Hear Hearables

Action on Hearing Loss is the largest charity for people with hearing loss in the UK.♦ Kevin Taylor, a blogger at Action on Hearing Loss – the largest charity for people with hearing loss in the UK, recently published a comprehensive review of the BeHear Now headset and HearLink transmitter. He notes: “… BeHear NOW is a take anywhere device. Its built-in microphones aim to help you hear nearby conversation more easily, while Bluetooth means you can pair it to your smartphone for phone calls, or stream your favourite music tracks.”

In summary, he writes:

“BeHear NOW ticks the boxes for performance and it certainly packs in the features. If you have a mild to moderate hearing loss, BeHear NOW could be the answer if you don’t yet want to go down the prescribed hearing aid route.”

To read the entire article, click here.

December 2018 Newsletter

December 20, 2018 by: admin

Give the Gift of Better Hearing

Give the gift of better hearing - BeHear assistive hearing headsets
Give the gift of better hearing – BeHear assistive hearing headsets

♦ BeHear® NOW & HearLink™ Will Benefit You and Your Family ♦ Blogger Compares BeHear Now to BOSE Hearphones ♦ See us at #CES2019 – Sands, Health & Wellness Marketplace ♦ Roadmap Revealed: Upcoming Assistive Hearing Product Releases for 2019 ♦

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BeHear Now Headset Takes On Bose Hearphones

November 24, 2018 by: admin

Hearing Mojo Blogger Compares Hearables

BeHear Now and BOSE Hearphones provide similar functionality, but differ in product offering, price and distribution method.♦ David Copithorne, a blogger at Hearing Mojo, recently published an article comparing the Wear & Hear BeHear Now headset with the Hearphones hearable launched by Bose. While noting many similarities in functionality, he also mentioned important distinctions in the products, pricing, and distribution methods.

“[The Wear & Hear line’s] combination of innovations in product, price and distribution position it to compete successfully with established brands like Bose in the emerging hearables market.”

To read the entire comparative article, click here.