Eargo has been confidently announcing a new model of its smart, almost invisible hearing aids at CES for several years, and 2022 is no exception with the introduction of Eargo 6. As usual, small black buds fully accept the same in the channel shape factor (CIC) allows them to remain almost completely out of sight. “New” things are inside.
The leading feature from Eargo 6 is called “Sound Adjust”. There are no rewards for guessing what this does, but the company claims that its proprietary algorithm can automatically sense your environment and that hearing aids will automatically optimize to provide you with the best settings for it. Profiles are a fairly standard feature on most hearing aids, but automatic switching is usually something reserved for more expensive models, and everyone does it with different levels of success, at least in my experience.
The difference is that Eargo 6 is much smaller than most other products that offer similar technologies. Being tiny is great and a major selling point here, but it also means there are far fewer properties to fill with sensors and chips. Nonetheless, Eargo seems to be devising smart ways to bring his offer to parity with their (physically and metaphorically) greater competition.
Of course, CES 2022 would not be without several COVID-related influences. In the last two years, people with hearing impairments have faced a new challenge: talking to people wearing masks. This not only removes visual feedback, but also mutes the sound – a double blow for those struggling to understand you. As such, the company has introduced a “mask mode” that aims to address some of the changes in sound created by face masks.
Other settings this time include a revised noise reduction with the company claiming to further reduce background noise by allowing the voice to break through. Eargo 6 is also rated IPX7 for water resistance. This means that they can be submerged for 30 minutes at a depth of one meter without damaging the water. In practical terms, this means you can probably leave them inside while taking a shower or a short swim. Or, more logically, you can get some of them while cleaning them.
As we are not physically at CES this year, we were not able to test them as usual, but if it is in previous years, the small hearing aid becomes smarter and more useful. As usual, the Eargo 6 is sold directly to consumers and will sell for $ 2,950. As for hearing aids, this is roughly the current rate for higher-end models, although the company also offers financing options.
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