Hearables, Don’t Worry You Will Know What They Are Soon Enough

The Future Just Keeps Getting More Interesting, Hearables Are About To Change Your World Forever!

Hearables is the latest term coined to describe the advent of wearable computing devices. Of all of the innovations exploding onto the market these have the possibility for greatest affect on our entire industry. That affect could be felt at both retail and wholesale level, for the first time the whole game could change and change radically. There is some projections that the market for Hearables alone could possibly be five Billion in a few short years. That is a market that some of the big beasts such as Sony, Panasonic and others judge as real money. Before we look at possible futures, let me introduce you to The Dash.

 

Bragi Dash Value PropositionThe Dash, a most beautiful device, is the leading edge of this new type of innovation. Far beyond wireless earphones it includes onboard memory, body function sensors among others and computing power to deliver a true integrated cross purpose device. They are targeting it at the fitness market right now, but with the sensors onboard and the capability for body vitals monitoring, it will be a short time before they begin to target the healthcare market.

This is the type of integrated device that I have postulated in the past. With the addition of on-board sensors or a connection to a separately worn sensor set, how hard would it be to monitor blood sugar readings? Or EEG readings? Hell any type of bodily function reading you care to think about? With a tweak to the accompanying app, how hard would it be to make the devices a real time monitoring solution for healthcare professionals? The hard work is done, everything else is just a bit of coding.

There are obvious issues with the devices an long term use that we can see, the occlusion effect, possible receiver issues. However none of these are deal breakers or hard to fix. This company will learn from feedback from customers and connections they make within our industry. They will adapt and evolve to overcome those issues. How hard would it be to include standard amplification into this device? I don’t think it would be very difficult. How difficult would it be to include these features in our devices?

Bragi DashDevices like this will change our world in many ways. They are acceptable across generations and demographics, they will change our culture. The cultural acceptability of wearing a device in the ear or on the ear will only be increased by devices like this. The concept of wearing devices to enable, support and even correct is becoming more and more acceptable. The acceptability of this concept will only increase, this is only good for hearing aids and market penetration.

Bragi Dash

The device is an instant fit device with three sizes of silicone sleeve to aid fit. It will be available in the near future and I want them, but I generally want all new tech, nerd issues! So watch the Dash carefully because I think it is the leading edge of change. Change that will have dramatic effects on our profession. 

Regards

Geoff

 

About Geoffrey Cooling

my name is Geoffrey Cooling and I am the author here at Just Audiology Stuff. I have been involved in the Hearing Healthcare Profession for several years now. I initially worked as a Hearing Healthcare Professional for a large national retailer in Ireland. After several years in Practice I was approached to work for a manufacturer, where I was employed for five years. I am now the Co Founder of a business called Audiology Engine. We design websites, undertake content marketing and generally look after everything digital for audiological practices. I am also a contributor to many hearing profession periodicals and websites. I have written two commercially available books, The Little Book of Hearing Aids which is written for hearing aid consumers and Audiology Marketing in a Digital World which is written for Audiology Practice Owners. They are both available in Paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon. I also write for consumers on the website Hearing Aid Know, which is a website with the mission of demystifying hearing aids, their types and their technology. I have a great interest in commercial strategy as it applies to Healthcare in general and specifically to Hearing Healthcare. I also have a great interest in the psychology of sales and human interaction. I have been involved with social media for some time, both personally and professionally. I find the engagement and discourse on some social media channels fascinating. I instituted social media strategy for the company I worked for as an experiment. That experiment soon spread throughout the company and I am proud to say that the company is probably one of the most active in the industry. I would like to point out that all views, opinions and thoughts here are mine own. Unless of course they have been planted by the pod people, you just can’t take your eyes off the pod people. Those views do not necessarily reflect upon any views or opinions held by my employer, if I ever get another one. I think that our industry is in the middle of a time of huge change, I think that the change will be forced by both internal and external pressure. I think that private Independent Healthcare Practices will have to be smart and lithe of feet in order to meet these changes. I hope that some of my blatherings are of benefit to those Practices, Independent Hearing Healthcare Practices need to survive. I believe that if that occurs it will be of real benefit to Patients. I hope that I, and my writings will play a small part in their continued success.

4 Comments

  1. The next thing you will be telling us the world is round … Jezz 😉

  2. Thanks for the write up Jeff. I wouldn’t mind trying one of them myself to see how good it is. Watch this space!
    Regards
    Evelyne

  3. Indeed, there’s been much buzz about this in the LinkedIn Bluetooth Low Energy SIG. Watch for this!

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