An estimate put forth by the World Health Organization suggests that by 2050, over 700 million individuals, one in every ten persons, will face disabling hearing loss. Hearing loss can be mild or severe. A hearing aid can be of help to a section of people with hearing loss.
People using mobile phones, in general, use earphones, these days earbuds. A research by Samsung Medical Center (a hospital in Korea, established in 1994) claims that Galaxy Buds Pro, earbuds by Samsung could assist people with hearing impairment.
The findings of the study have been published in ENT (ear, nose, throat) journal, Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology and suggest that the earbuds’ ‘Ambient Sound’ feature is effective for people with mild to moderate hearing loss.
A release states that the company has been collaborating with Samsung Medical Center with a focus on the impact of mobile devices on hearing. The study compared efficacies of hearing aid, personal sound amplification product and the Galaxy Buds Pro. Based on the findings, it may be suggested that this earbuds pair can assist individuals with mild to moderate hearing impairment.
“With rapidly aging populations it’s expected that, by 2050, one in ten people will have hearing loss. But while hearing aids are useful for managing hearing impairments, uptake remains relatively low, mainly due to the high price,” said Il Joon Moon, associate professor, department of otorhinolaryngology, Samsung Medical Center. “The initial study findings are very promising and encourage people to discover alternative devices, such as Galaxy Buds Pro, that can support them in their day to day lives.”
The Samsung earbuds along with the other two devices were subjected to three tests -electroacoustic assessment, sound amplification evaluation, and a clinical performance evaluation. Based on tests, it was found that individuals wearing these buds, understood spoken words better. The company suggests that the earbuds, along with hearing aids and personal sound amplification products, “could potentially provide communicative benefit for individuals with hearing loss, and especially for those with mild and moderate loss”.
“As we develop new products and services, we are mindful of how our technology can help people to defy barriers and do more,” says Han-gil Moon, master and head of advanced audio lab, mobile communications business, Samsung Electronics. “These findings reflect our ongoing commitment to creating innovations that enable everyone to better enjoy everyday experiences, and we plan to extend the test to more participants in the coming months.”
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