The 2017 Consumer Electronics Show, otherwise known as CES 2017, ended two days ago. And while I'm sure the event was amazing, our favorite part is recapping all the latest hearing technology (just like we did last year).
There is a TON of hearing technology being showcased at CES 2017, even more than we saw at CES 2016. Some is for the hearing impaired, while others are more focused on hearing entertainment. So you can quickly browse through the exact tech you want to see, broken up into the following categories:
Note: There was so much hearing tech at CES 2017, that we haven't been able to list it all below. We've been sure to include any that received “Innovation Awards,” and also some others that we just thought you wouldn't want to miss.
In the past it was rare to see hearing aid manufacturers at CES, but they've been a lot more prevalent in the past few years, especially ReSound. For the second year in a row the ReSound ENZO 2 won a best of innovations in the accessible tech category.
According to ReSound:
Also winning an innovation award for “Accessible Tech” was the Cellion hearing aid by Signia.
This new technology allows for unlimited streaming for 24 hours of regular use without needing to be recharged.
The final hearing aid innovation award honoree should be as no surprise. In 2016, Oticon made a huge splash with their latest hearing aid: the Opn, the world's first internet connected hearing aid. We've talked quite a bit about the Opn previously.
Not only does it connect to the internet via the IFTTT network, but it is also the first hearing aid proven to make it easier on the brain with 20 percent less listening effort required for recall and better speech understanding.
If you are interested in some of the best hearables or finding out more about how hearables are changing the industry, be sure to read our full guide here.
The Dash by Bragi
You probably recognize The Dash. They were one of the first true hearables and the best hearable of 2016. And although they didn't display any new products at CES 2017, they did display some new technology: 360-degree 3D audio.
There's 3 other hearables we were impressed with. First, a Dash look-a-like, Air by Crazybaby
Air by Crazybaby
Air the ultimate true wireless Hi-Fi stereo ear bud is designed with a CSR high quality decoding chip that provides strong, stable connection, snug light weight comfort and security in movements and activity. The simple one button tap allows you to power on, connect to music and enable calls.
Samsung Gear IconX
As a Samsung Galaxy user I can't help but be excited about the Gear IconX. They are truly wireless earbuds that track fitness with a built-in accelerometer and heartrate monitor, while giving users seamless access and easy control of their workout playlist, plus the ability to manage calls with just a tap.
With the amount of weight (aka money) Samsung can throw around, I have high hopes for the Gear IconX in the future.
Even though they are still only up for pre-order, I'm super excited about the IQBuds.
Nuheara IQbuds™ bring together a unique blend of sophisticated research, acoustics, RF technologies, highly miniaturized electronics, advanced speech processing, state of the art software and sleek industrial design. IQBuds are are tackling the issue ‘how can I hear better?'
More Innovation Award Honorees in the Headphones Category
We don't have enough time to cover every new hearable, so here's a quick list of the remaining notables:
- Ashley Chloe Smart Modular Ceramic Cordless Earbuds. The world’s first smart modular ceramic cordless earbuds are designed to be carried, charged and connected in different wearable forms. The earbuds are adaptable to compatible products because of the expandability of modular design. An AI-enabled smart assistant app comes with the earbuds.
- OSSIC X. OSSIC X is the ultimate 3D listening experience. This smart headphone auto-calibrates to the listener to enable accurate sound positioning and excellent sound quality. Perfect for movies, music, gaming and virtual reality.
- OV. Your day is about to get a whole lot easier with OV™ headphones. Voice command Amazon’s Alexa™ to play a song, order groceries or check the news. Then switch seamlessly between calls, music and real world conversations, all without ever touching your phone.
- Performance: Soundtrack of Your Life. Performance integrates comfy wireless headband headphones, an audio app and a cloud-based server to enhance work, exercise and sleep with music and sounds optimized to your routine over time; improving performance, concentration and relaxation.
- Voyager 5200 UC. Voyager 5200 UC headset and portable charging case, with integrated docking stand, allows work to get done on the go. Advanced, adaptive noise cancelling with WindSmart technology reduces disruptive noises like wind and chatter, to enable seamless transitions from one place to the next.
Not an innovation winner, but a hearable to look out for by a danish company called LIZN. Read some more here.
While we’re not necessarily advocating for any of these products, we wanted to let you know about any and all hearing tech. So keep in mind that the headphones and/or speakers (in the section below) do have the potential to damage hearing if used irresponsibly.
Headphones, headphones, and more headphones. Every which way you looked there were headphones at CES 2017.
My go to headphones for everything (except working out) are Audio-Technica ATH-ANC7B QuietPoint Active Noise-Cancelling Headphones. Unless you're an audiophile these pretty much compete with the Bose QuietSound series for the best noise cancelling headphones. My Audio-Technica's are wired, and while I love them, I'd also love to go wireless. That wasn't an option until recently.
Audio-Technica ATH-DSR9BT Wireless Headphones
Audio-Technica’s ATH-DSR9BT is the first wireless headphone to employ the Pure Digital Drive system, which keeps the audio signal completely digital from source to driver. It incorporates Dnote® technology and other advancements to deliver unprecedented high-resolution audio.
LG TONE Active+
Even though they've been out for years, I still use the LG Electronics Tone+ HBS-730 for my workouts or anytime I'm on the move.
The TONE series has been updated a lot over the years, but could the Active + be the best ones yet?
LG’s Bluetooth® wireless TONE Series adds to its award-winning TONE series, the LG TONE Active +. The headset comes with built-in external stereo speakers that amps up the bass in your playlist and the sleek Bluetooth headset is designed to stay put during your workout to ensure you don’t miss a beat.
I really hope this trend of protecting hearing, but still being able to use headphones, continues. BuddyPhones is on the right track for sure with their headphones for kids that promote safe listening.
BuddyPhones InFlight features a three-volume preference settings of 75, 85 and 94db flight mode max safe volume to be used for high noise levels on airplanes, allowing parents the flexibility to control the volume depending on environment. BuddyCable allows up to four kids to share one device.
- CL1 Ceramic. The CL1 Ceramic in-ear headphone features a unique dual driver configuration, pairing the CL Dynamic with a ceramic plate transducer. The drivers are contained in high-density ceramic housings with detachable cables. The CL1 is engineered for use with amplifiers, with 150 ohm impedance.
- HiFiMAN Edition X V2. The HiFiMAN Edition X V2 is the brand's newest full-size, open-back, planar magnetic headphone. It delivers astonishing sonic performance with unique ergonomic features. Most remarkably, with a sensitivity of 103dB, Edition X can be driven by modest size amps as well as portable audio devices.
- Audeze iSINE Series. TE, LVCC, South Hall 1, Booth #21413
Audeze’s iSINE are the world’s first in-ear planar magnetic headphones, engineered for audio enthusiasts and travelers looking for great sound in a comfortable, portable headphone.
- JBL Everest Elite SDK. The industry-first smart programmable headphones with NXTGen active noise cancelling, JBL signature sound and TruNote Auto Sound Calibration.
- LeEco Type-C CDLA Earphones. LeEco Type-C CDLA earphones ushered in the era of pure audio. Introduced in April 2016, these earphones offer an amazing audio experience by combining a Type-C port and a special chip embedded within the earphones to deliver pure sound.
- MW50 Wireless On Ear Headphones. Master & Dynamic's portable MW50 Wireless On Ear Headphones are designed with premium grain leathers and durable metals that house custom 40mm beryllium drivers delivering the company’s signature sound profile complete with industry-leading Bluetooth connectivity.
- Revols Quick Custom-Fit Bluetooth Earphones. Revols are the world's first custom-fit Bluetooth earphones that mold to the unique shape of your ears in exactly 60 seconds. The coolest part? The entire molding process is controlled by the user with the Revols app. These revolutionary earphones deliver unparalleled fit, comfort and sound!
- Sony Electronics MDR-1000X NC Bluetooth Headphones. These are industry-leading, adaptive noise cancelling, wireless and Hi-Res headphones that lets you focus on music. Listen and talk without taking them off while the SENSE engine adapts to your environment/eliminates ambient noise. Noise cancelling headphones have never been this advanced.
Royole Moon 3D Virtual Mobile TheaterThe one that stood out the most to us was the Royole Moon.
Royole Moon is a foldable 3D Virtual Mobile Theater with hi-fidelity noise cancelling headphones that creates a Full HD (1080p), 800-inch giant 3D curved screen cinematic experience.
CES 2017 was exciting. The future looks really bright for not just hearing aids, but also alternative hearing devices.
It still feels like we're a couple years or more from a really break through technology in the hearables world. The Dash by Bragi, made big headway in 2015 and 2016, but I'm looking forward to the next big jump in technology even though I'm not quite sure what it will look like.
What about you?
What is your favorite hearing tech from CES 2017?