Update: Janaury 13, 2017. Be sure to check out our recap of CES 2017 here.
Today was the first day of CES 2016. If you've never scene or heard of CES it stands for Consumer Electronics Show and it is the premiere event for companies to showcase all their latest technology.
And while I love seeing all the gaming gadgets and new smart technology, we're going to focus on only the hearing related from CES 2016.
There is a TON of hearing technology being showcased 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 we've broken it up into the following categories:
- Innovation Awards Finalists
- Hearing Aids
- Hearing Impaired Technology
- Gaming Headsets
- Other Hearing Tech
Hearing Tech for a Better World
First and foremost we've got to give a shout out to Jacoti BVBA and Zpower for being named finalists for the CES 2016 Innovation Awards in the “Tech for a Better World” category. Which in my opinion is the ultimate category to be nominated in. Who doesn't want to make the world a better place.
If you were curious what they got nominated for, then check this out:
Jacoti Hearing Suite
“Leveraging existing consumer tech (smartphones, wifi), Jacoti Hearing Suite is an integrated collection of mobile applications, solutions and cloud-based services that provide medically certified, reliable, consistent and highly advanced personalized hearing assistance and audio enrichment.”
ZPower Rechargeable System for Hearing Aids
“The ZPower Rechargeable System for Hearing Aids is a new silver-zinc rechargeable battery system that that can be retrofitted into many popular hearing aids in order to make them rechargeable. The ZPower System is the first to offer 24+ hours between recharges in today’s advanced hearing aids.”
Hearing Aids of the Future
We've talked about made for iPhone hearing aids before, and the ReSound ENZO2 is the next in their line of smart hearing aids.
“ReSound ENZO is the first super-power hearing aid to bring smart technology to people with severe and profound hearing loss. Its Made for iPhone capabilities and groundbreaking, patented technologies enable wearers to communicate as never before.”
Here's a look at some of the styles you have to choose from:
Cool New Tech for the Hearing Impaired
An Alarm Clock Without Sound
Sensorwake's slogan for their new alarm clock is to “wake up gently without sound.” So what exactly will you be waking up to? How about smells. Check out the cool scents built into this silent alarm clock.
Many people are talking about how cool it is to wake up to a silent alarm, but for the hearing impaired that's already likely an everyday occurrence. So, we think this is a pretty cool alternative.
Sensorwake isn't available quite yet, but you can pre-order here.
Is 2016 the Year of Hearables?
We have the most in depth coverage on hearables, and 2016 could be the rise of the hearable, whereas the past few years of seen the rise of the wearable.
Here's all the hearables that have just been launched.
One of the first things that caught our eyes about these smart headphones from Misfit was this piece of information on their website: hearing protection safeguards hearing health. This is honestly what needs to be implemented in every set of headphones. Some type of safeguard against cranking your music up to decibel levels that will permanently damage your hearing.
In addition the Misfit Specter also includes the following tracking features:
- Activity tagging
- Sleep duration and quality
- Distance traveled
- Steps taken
- Calories burned
- Photo capabilities
- Music controls, and more!
As you can see below ORA-X is as much for the eyes as it is for the ears. And this won't be the last pair of smart glasses that you see. Optinvent is labeling these as the “World's First and Smartest Headphones.”
Earin has found a way to make wireless earbuds actually wireless. They claim to be “smaller, lighter, and more wireless than anything else.” That's a pretty big claim, and they definitely have some competition in this department.
Headphones at CES 2016
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 speakers (in the section below) do have the potential to damage hearing if used irresponsibly.
- Decibullz Custom Molded Wireless Earphones. Affordable custom molded headphones.
- Zagg Flex Arc Wirless. This style of headphones that rests on your neck is becoming exceedingly popular.
- Phaz Energy Headphones. Phaz is the first company to transfer the power from your headphone's battery to boost the power of your mobile device
- Phiaton BT 460
- Jaybird Freedom and X3
- Audio Technica SonicPro™ High-Resolution Headphones
- JBL Everest Elite 100 Neckphones
Speakers and Other Hearing Technology
Along with new headphones there was a lot of other hearing technology revealed this week. We'll be getting into a more in depth look at some of this tech in the coming days and weeks, but for now we just have a list with links for you to read more.
Stay Tuned for More
As we mentioned above we'll be updating this post with all the new hearing tech as it's revealed. So make sure to check back if you want to see the most anticipated hearing technology for 2016.