Etymotic Introduces "The Bean" In-ear Amplifier

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True to the Ear logo_small.jpgEtymotic Research, one of the first companies to make an in-ear earphone introduced "The Bean". The Bean is not for listening to music, however. It is a sound amplification device (hearing aid) designed for those who can't afford a more specialized device and/or do not have a doctor's referral. Etymotic is also releasing a new hearing for Windows PCs. complete with headphones.

From Etymotic

The Bean - Personal Sound Amplifier
With a slim profile, and worn completely in the ear, The BEAN amplifies soft sounds, but allows loud sounds to pass through unamplified. The BEAN has sophisticated circuitry with a built-in sensor that automatically adjusts to the sound levels and boosts the soft, high-pitched sounds that provide the clarity needed to understand speech, especially when listening situations are less than ideal. The BEAN, available without medical referral and priced below $400 each, is for many users like reading glasses: accessible, affordable and used only when needed.

Home Hearing Test
The Home Hearing Test was developed by leading hearing scientists, audiologists, engineers and programmers and it is supported by extensive research.

"Hearing loss is a leading public health concern. It is the third most prevalent chronic health condition facing seniors," said Dr. Gail Gudmundsen, Director of Audiology at Etymotic. "Approximately 17% of American adults (36 million) report some degree of hearing loss, yet fewer than 20% of those with hearing loss seek help for their condition. Untreated hearing loss has social and economic consequences, and affects quality of life."

The Home Hearing Test provides accurate information so consumers can take steps toward better hearing wellness. The test comes with calibrated earphones, a precision-matched sound card, test software and eartips. It is compatible with Windows PCs.

About Etymotic
Etymotic is a research, development and manufacturing company that designs high-fidelity personal audio products and hearing wellness solutions to assess enhance and protect hearing. For over 30 years, innovation and education have been central to Etymotic's mission. Etymotic is one of the most respected leaders in high-fidelity audio and hearing conservation. For more information about Etymotic, its hearing wellness mission and its products, please visit


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