EVERY EAR IS UNIQUE.
Audio profiles are to ears as sound signatures are to headphones.
Everyone is different.
Some people need more bass, others need more treble.
Because like our other sensory organs, no two ears hear the same.
BUT YOUR HEADPHONES DON'T KNOW THAT.
Neither do your other audio equipment.
They are created with a one-size-fits-all approach: assuming everybody has the supposed standard flat hearing.
It is simply too difficult to tailor sound to each ear's unique sensitivity...until now.
HOW DOES UNTAILORED AUDIO AFFECT YOUR MUSIC EXPERIENCE?
Without having sound that is fitted to your ears' unique hearing, you are experiencing one of these two situations:
A. YOU ARE NOT GETTING ALL THE SOUND YOU NEED.
Your music sounds muffled and unclear because your ears are less sensitive to certain sounds.
Details are lost. The sound stage (i.e. where the instruments are positioned in a soundtrack) is messed up, all because the audio perceived by your ears' unique sensitivity is unbalanced.
The perceived distorted audio may also be giving you listening fatigue as you strain to hear the nuances.
+ HOW IS SOUNDSTAGE AFFECTED BY AUDIO THAT IS NOT TAILORED TO MY EARS?
The soundstage — meaning the placement of the instruments on the perceived "stage" in a recording — is a key component to the depth and richness of a listening experience. It is what creates the impression of a surround sound system, even through a compact, localized source like headphones.
Here's a simplified explanation of one way sound engineers accomplish this: they play the recordings of certain instruments louder through one channel and with a slight delay relative to the other instruments on the stage to create the impression of distance and positioning. For example, if the guitarist is playing right to center of the stage, the guitar recording will be adjusted to play slightly louder on the right channel in the final recording.
However, if your right ear cannot perceive the guitar sound as well because it happens to fall in the frequency range you're not sensitive to, then your preception of the guitar's location on the soundstage will be affected. This causes a flatter, less impactful listening experience than you'd otherwise get when sounds are personalized to your ears' unique hearing.
+ HOW DO I KNOW IF I HAVE LISTENING FATIGUE?
If you've ever had the following symptoms after a listening experience, you may have listening fatigue:
- ear pain
- loss of hearing sensitivity
Listening fatigue affects music lovers and sound professionals around the world. Recovery can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few days.
There are a few causes for listening fatigue, but two of them are sensory overload and loud listening volumes, which can happen when there is a perceived audio distortion (where some details are missing while others are too loud) caused by music not being tailored to your ears' unique sensitivity.
B. YOUR EARS ARE GETTING HEARING DAMAGE.
When you can't hear the details, you'll turn up the volume.
Sometimes you do it unconsciously.
But that means the parts you could hear well before are now too loud, damaging your most irreplaceable audio gear—your ears.
This causes hearing loss overtime, which hurts your ability to enjoy your favorite hobby in later years.
+ DID YOU KNOW 1 IN 7 PEOPLE ARE AT RISK OF HEARING LOSS FROM PERSONAL DEVICES?
The World Health Organization came out with a statement in February 2015 that says 1.1 billion people at risk of hearing loss.
Given how there are around 7 billion people on the planet, that's 1 out of every 7 on earth at risk of losing their hearing.
And these are only the young adults we're talking about:
"...among teenagers and young adults aged 12-35 years, nearly 50% are exposed to unsafe levels of sound from the use of personal audio devices"
Imagine what kind of risk you're placing your ears in, after years of listening to music for hours a day.
Don't become part of this statistic: get sound personalized to your ears' sensitivity so you can hear everything at the right volume.
+ HOW DO I KNOW IF I AM RAISING THE VOLUME BECAUSE I AM MISSING SOUNDS?
This can be a bit tricky to catch, since much of this happens unconsciously. Few are aware that they are turning up the volume in an effort to hear details until after the fact, when they get listening fatigue in terms of ear pain, headaches and loss of sensitivity.
Here are some things to be aware of the next time you listen:
- Does the soundtrack sound uncomfortably unbalanced and you suspect this is not the sound engineer's intent?
- Does it sound like certain details are out of reach while others are overly prominent?
- When you watch TV, do some parts often sound much louder than others? (For example, you have to turn up the volume when two characters mumble in low voices, only to get an unpleasant shock when a car chase scene with sirens come on next.)
If you are experiencing the above, you may need audio tailored to your ears so you can hear all the details at the right volume.
GET PERSONALIZED SOUND WITH AUMEO
Aumeo is the world's first headphones personalizer.
It customizes sound to your ears' unique hearing sensitivity so you can get all the sound you deserve.
THE FASTEST WAY TO TUNE HEADPHONES TO YOUR EARS
Aumeo is easy to set up.
It can take as little as 1 minute to get sound personalized to your ears.
Measure your ears with Aumeo's companion app, AumeoHub (iOS & Android). 8 frequency bands will be measured for each ear.
Save the measurements to your name. An audio profile will be created based on your ears' measurements.
And you're done! Start listening to music personalized to your ears with Aumeo. You can connect it with any audio source via Bluetooth or a 3.5mm audio cable.
THE RESULTS OF PERSONALIZED SOUND
With audio personalized to your ears' unique hearing sensitivity, you'll be enjoying:
- Fuller, richer, balanced sound—the way music is meant to be heard, with everything in its place
- Less listening fatigue as you enjoy your favorite tunes
- Hearing protection for your ears (your most irreplaceable audio gear) as you hear all the details at just the right volume
+ IS THIS A GRAPHIC EQUALIZER?
Yes and no. Graphic equalizer is part of what it does, but Aumeo's true value is in its ability to
- measure your ears accurately using audiology science (97% accurate according to our clinical trial), and
- customize sound to your left and right ears separately.
Inside every Aumeo, there is a powerful DSP (Digital Signal Processor) to perform the required processing for the audio personalization. It is thanks to these recent developments in DSP technology that portable devices such as the Aumeo can be made.
The usual processing of music inside most music players and mobile phones use 5 frequency bands for adjustments. These are called templates, which are not and cannot be customised to the individual's biological sensitivity, even if the user was given full control on inputting the adjustments.
These templates are generally designed for different types or genres of songs to bring out their supposed characteristics, instead of being designed for your ears or audio equipment.
Aumeo on the other hand adjusts sound according to your ears’ sensitivity based on medical practices using very precise adjustments to fit sound as closely to your ear. We tailor 15 frequency bands for each ear.
Previously this was only possible with large professional equipment in studios. Now you can enjoy these fine-tuned adjustments in the palm of your hand.
In short, Aumeo personalizes sound based on your ears' unique biological sensitivity, not personal taste. With our science-based, easy-to-use audio profiling process that takes as little as 1 minute, you can get as close to the flat frequency response as your ears can perceive. This takes hours of guesswork and the potential for incorrect adjustments out of the tuning process.
+ WILL THIS MESS WITH THE SOUNDTRACK'S ORIGINAL ARTISTIC INTENT?
Because Aumeo's audio profiling process only takes your hearing sensitivity into account to balance your hearing, it does not mess with the soundtrack's original artistic intent. In fact it will help you get closer to how the soundtrack is meant to be heard.
When sound engineers create their soundtracks, they make them for "golden ears", a supposed standard of perfectly flat hearing. However, everyone's ears are different, which means that what is intended to be heard and what is actually heard are different.
For example, the sound engineer may intend for a song to be bass-heavy. However the listener's audio profile shows that his left ear is actually missing bass. This means when he listens to the song, he misses out on the bass-heavy artistic intent.
That is why Aumeo corrects for that perceived distortion by taking your unique hearing sensitivity into account, so you can hear what is meant to be heard.
+ HOW DO THE PERFORMANCES OF OTHER AUDIO EQUIPMENT AFFECT THE RESULTS?
The higher quality your audio equipment, the better you'll be able to reproduce sound from the studio at a high fidelity. That being said Aumeo takes into account the entire audio signal flow (if you wear the same headphones you used for measuring your ears during your listening sessions). No matter what audio equipment you're using, Aumeo will be able to provide a better, personalized listening experience by rebalancing your ears.
Here are some reaction videos of people who heard the difference in person:
CROWDFUNDED AND DELIVERED
Aumeo was successfully crowdfunded on Indiegogo in July 2015, thanks to the support of music lovers around the world.
Here's what some of our backers have to say:
AWARD-WINNING, SCIENCE-BACKED AND PATENTED TECHNOLOGY
Aumeo's audio-tailoring technology is created by a team of engineers and audiologists, with the help and input of audiophiles, sound engineers and music lovers. Here are some awards it has won under the name ACEHearing and Aumeo:
NOW THIS PERSONALIZED SOUND CAN BE YOURS
In addition to giving you all the sound you deserve and protecting your ears, Aumeo also has the following benefits:
- Supports multiple audio profiles
- Make unique audio profiles for your friends, headphones or environments and switch whenever you want.
- Works with any wired headphones
- 3.5mm headphone jack allows you to personalize any wired headphones to your ears.
- Quality sound for wired/wireless audio
- Built-in headphone amplifier, aptX™ support and wired/wireless audio input switch to give you top tailored sound.
- Enables you to use wired headphones with iPhone 7
- Can act as a dongle so you can use headphones with phones without headphone jacks.
Invest in your ears' comfort and pleasure today, as well as their performance for this lifetime. Get an Aumeo and hear the difference yourself.