PROXY Listening Experience Helps Battle Zoom Fatigue
Alango releases BeHear PROXY, a customizable Bluetooth neck speaker and hearing amplifier that provides a comfortable, rich stereo sound experience for TV watching, mobile calls, audio/video streaming, gaming, and live conversations
Alango Technologies announced that a new model called BeHear® PROXY has been added to its line of hearing enhancement solutions.
The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent preference to shelter at home have driven remote working, virtual communications and TV watching through the roof. It turns out that virtual communication is stressful for the brain and over-use of these platforms can create a type of tiredness, worry, or burnout which has been coined “Zoom fatigue”.
BeHear’s PROXY can help alleviate some of the stress of Zoom fatigue by creating a comfortable, customized, immersive listening experience. Straining to hear and the need to focus almost entirely on vocals (in contrast to an in-person interaction that provides many more visual cues) is a major factor in Zoom fatigue. PROXY connects to the audio source to deliver sound in close proximity (get it?) to the ears, while Alango’s advanced hearing enhancement technology clarifies dialogue and customizes amplification based on the wearer’s unique hearing profile.
PROXY’s ergonomic form factor rests lightly on the shoulders, emitting rich surround sound enhanced by Alango’s technology. This enables the wearer to enjoy high quality sound without having anything in the ears, worrying that earbuds will fall out or getting hot from over-the-ears headphones. Ears-free is a different and cool way to listen but the true beauty in PROXY is the customization capabilities.
Alango’s audio experts designed the product to produce an individualized hearing profile for every user, including those who are hard of hearing. BeHear PROXY can be used with hearing aids, or as a back-up hearing amplifier to relieve hearing aid fatigue. Amplification can be ~20% stronger than that of a mobile phone or computer speaker – but it is applied only where and when needed, according to the user’s hearing profile. Amplification on its own just makes everything louder. The BeHear magic is in custom fitting the sound to each user and supporting their individual hearing needs.
“We developed BeHear PROXY to create a new hearing experience, to make life sound better when watching TV and participating in mobile and video calls,” notes Alango’s CEO and Founder, Dr. Alexander Goldin. “In these difficult times, it’s good to be able to alleviate the stress of Zoom fatigue and straining to hear. Why not pamper yourself with a comfortable and satisfying listening experience?”
BeHear PROXY also includes extractable earbuds that support personal sound amplification for live conversations. The earbuds are also useful for private listening during mobile phone and video calls, or while watching television when others are present but not engaged. BeHear PROXY can pair simultaneously via Bluetooth to two different devices, such as a smartphone and a computer.
About Alango Technologies
Alango Technologies, Ltd. (www.alango.com) has been developing sound enhancement technologies since 2002, selling over 50 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).
BeHear, HearLink, and Wear & Hear are registered trademarks of Alango Technologies, Ltd. in the United States. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
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Wear & Hear Line Prepares for European Launch
Alango recruits veteran hearing technology professional to develop sales and distribution channels for its assistive hearing products in Europe
Alango, a leading supplier of voice and audio enhancement technologies for the communication and entertainment markets, has signed a representation agreement with Hans Zwart, a 30+ year veteran of the hearing health industry. According to the agreement Mr. Zwart will create sales and distribution channels on the Continent and in the United Kingdom for Alango’s “Wear & Hear” hearables product line.
Veteran Hearing Professional Brings Market Knowledge and Connections
Mr. Zwart has accumulated more than 30 years’ experience in the hearing health industry, for the most part on an international level. He has held such positions as Marketing & Sales Director of ExSilent BV, a company which developed innovative hearing healthcare products; Managing Director at Varibel Innovations BV, a developer of directional hearing glasses based on digital technology; and Sales Consultant at Otoharmonics LLC, a developer of custom neuroscience-based sound therapy for patients with tinnitus. Furthermore, Mr. Zwart has been trained as an acoustician.
“We are pleased to welcome Mr. Zwart to the Wear & Hear team at Alango,” states Dr. Alexander Goldin, CEO and founder of Alango Technologies, Ltd. “I am confident that his deep understanding of the hearing challenges experienced by over a billion people worldwide, coupled with his connections to leading hearing product distribution channels in Europe, will serve to bring our innovative hearing enhancement solutions to those who need them most.”
“I am honored and motivated to join the Wear & Hear team and share its journey to bring affordable hearing enhancement to all European countries,” states Mr. Zwart. “The ability to improve people’s quality of life with a ground-breaking product will be both rewarding and challenging, and I intend to recruit the most qualified partners to accomplish this task.”
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 (“hearables”) is designed to deliver crystal clear and pleasantly natural customized 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 self-tunable, truly personal Bluetooth® headset featuring advanced signal processing with hearing enhancement and assistive listening capabilities.
Wear & Hear Availability
BeHear NOW is scheduled for launch in the United States in April 2018, at the American Academy of Audiology (AAA) annual conference in Nashville, Tennessee. The European launch will take place later this year.
BeHear is a registered trademark of Alango Technologies, Ltd. in the United States. All other trademarks are the property of their respective holders.
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Calling All Early-Adopters: Back Our Campaign Now to Get an Advance BeHear NOW Unit
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 only. Highest quality acoustic components designed for hi-fi music allow efficient reproduction and amplification of sounds from 70Hz up to 12KHz.
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
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: