Do you have one or more pairs of broken headphones at home? Us too. Which is why we're excited about this post, from our sister publication Sound & Vision, about a new pair of ultra-resilient, remarkably water-resistant headphones. We have no idea what they're made of or how they sound, but we're looking forward to finding out. [Sound & Vision]
It's pretty easy to understand why the ZiK headphones turned heads when Parrot debuted them early this year. Striking design (courtesy of Philippe Starck) aside, the cans pack all the buzzwords you might hear associated with high-end headphones (active noise cancellation! digital equalizer!), a Bluetooth headset (NFC pairing! bone conduction!), and a touchscreen smart device (gesture controls! capacitive touch panel!). But when you blend so many disparate features into one, is the result a headphone pair with a serious identity crisis or one that's pitch perfect?
Originally intended to block sound, modified noise-canceling circuitry now helps people to hear
By Tim GideonPosted 04.16.2012 at 3:55 pm 6 Comments
Of the estimated 36 million Americans who report some level of hearing loss, as many as 20 million have mild to moderate conditions, in which they struggle to pick out voices in cacophonous settings. Although the condition is common, treatment is limited. Custom-fitted hearing aids, which can be adjusted according to an individual's needs, cost as much as $3,000. Users can instead opt for cheaper, over-the-counter amplifiers, but those simply increase the volume of all ambient sounds and do little to help in conversation.