Even’s H2 headphones produce sound based on your hearing ability

TechCrunch | 7/25/2017 | Stefan Etienne
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Based out of Israel, Even is an audio startup that designs headphones tailored to the listener’s hearing. It starts with a short audio test of the frequencies you can hear in each ear, with an algorithm Even says stitches the resulting data into a sound profile called, your “EarPrint”.

It’s an interesting concept that works well in the instances I’ve used it. At the same time, this is a feature I’d like to see having a proven advantage, rather than anecdotal experiences.

EarPrint - Listeners

What is an “EarPrint” and how does it help listeners?

Before I describe what Even’s headphones are doing to produce a sound that is “tailored” to your hearing, I have to provide some disclaimers.

Eye - Prescription - To-date - Institutions - Print

Unlike your eye prescription, to-date there are no scientific or medical institutions that have stated an Even “ear print” to be an official measurement of your auditory abilities. That being said, Even’s argument for the H2 serving as “glasses for your ears”, does have some merit.

Due to the fact that not all humans have the same hearing: your left and right ears receive and translate vibrations traveling through the air differently. Aging, exposure that may damage the cochlea, etc. are all variables that can alter your auditory perception over time.

Pair - Consumer - Headphones - Existence - Hears

Meanwhile, just about every pair of consumer headphones in existence is designed on a one-size-fits-all (or hears) basis. So in theory, you’re never really getting the most out of them.

Short version: the algorithm understands your sense of hearing’s upper and lower limits for different sound frequencies. The H2 headphones then pushes sound to the frequencies that you’re best at hearing, first.

Seen - IOS/Android - App - Frequencies

Seen above, the iOS/Android app allows you to single out which frequencies are tailored for you and what instruments/sounds they represent.

Using the H2 headphones without the sound tailoring is pretty good. Mid, highs and lows are balanced. If...
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