Nuheara assistive earbuds get active noise cancellation, lower cost

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Nuheara IQBuds2 Max are hearables more than just headphones.
Nuheara IQBuds2 Max help you hear conversations in noisy environments.
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CES 2020 Nuheara’s Bluetooth earbuds help users better hear what’s going on around them, as well as play music and podcasts. The latest version adds active noise cancellation, and comes at a considerable price drop.

The new IQBuds2 Max garnered innovation awards in three categories at CES 2020.

Nuheara IQBuds2 Max aren’t ordinary earbuds

In-ear headphones like AirPods Pro play music, and use active noise cancellation to block ambient sound. Nuheara’s offerings can do that too, but that’s just the start. “The IQbuds2 Max go beyond hybrid Active Noise Cancellation with unparalleled noise controls and Nuheara’s unique features for personalization,” noted Nuheara co-founder David Cannington.

Its EarID technology uses an iPhone or Android app to conduct a NAL-NL2 hearing test, which assesses a wearer’s hearing and calibrate the earbuds to their specific hearing profile.

IQbuds2 Max uses three microphones to analyze sounds both inside and outside the ear. It then creates cancellation waves in the ear to reduce ambient noise.

Again, that’s just the start. Nuheara’s proprietary Speech in Noise Control (SINC) mutes background noise but enhances speech, making it easier to converse in noisy environments. Read our IQbuds Boost review to see how this works.

IQbuds2 Max also offer 9.2mm drivers to improve sound quality, especially bass. With recharges from its case, these assistive earbuds can go for up to 32 hours.

Nuheara IQBuds2 Max with charging case
Nuheara IQBuds2 Max come with a charging case.
Photo: Nuheara

It was named an honoree at CES 2020 in the Wearables, Health & Wellness, and Home Audio/Video Components & Accessories categories.

Coming this spring for a lower cost

At $399, Nuheara IQbuds2 Max cost more than AirPods Pro. But they also offer more features. And that price is $100 below earlier products from this company.

Nuheara scheduled its latest hearable to debut in March.

Source: Nuheara