Long before true wireless earbuds’ era, we once had this personal sound amplifer that look much like TWS today, but they are not for listening music and Bluetooth transmit from your phone.
- Earbuds with transparency mode now are capable of sound amplification like AirPods Pro or Samsung Galaxy Buds Pro
- Personal Sound Amplifiers like the BEAN looks a lot like TWS earbuds today, but they are not Bluetooth-enable and for music listening
According to FDA, personal sound amplification products (PSAPS) such as sound amplifying earbuds are intended for non-hearing-impaired personals to enhance the sound in certain circumstances, not for those with hearing loss.
Just a few sound amplifying earbuds on the market here are among the top that offer the solid sound amplification.
Wearing Buds Pro and turn the ambient sound mode on, you can hear louder than what’s surrounding up to 20dB, a research conducted by Samsung Medical Center in India confirmed.
With four different ambient mode settings: Low, Medium, High, and Extra High each corresponds to level of filtering the noise and enhancing the voice in certain circumstances, perhaps in the highest setting, the Galaxy Buds Pro can enhance the sound up to 20dB.
Etymotic QSA Personal Sound Amplifier – the BEAN
This bean is not like bean-shaped Galaxy Buds Live, rather they are personal hairing device the help to hear the conversion louder.
The device is mean to boost the sound, only the soft sound is amplified, not the harsh one. How loud you want to hear the world? the Bean’s configured with 2 level of enhancemets for you to choose from, whosever have issues with hearing upper register would appreciate it.
They are small and lightweight and with tri-flangle eartips they provide best possible noise isolation. Audio output cover a wide frequency range that ensure to deliver the high fidelity.
The BEAN feature a replecable battery that can last up to 12 days straight.
In the box it includes a lot of accessories from cleaning tool to a variety of eartips and carrying case.
The Bean isn’t cheap, retailed for $203 for a single set (at the time of writing) and if you want to use both ears you have to buy a pair.
 And when the True Wireless come in
We have the device that work both music listening and sound enhancement.
IQbuds2 MAX offer the personal hearing or audio augmenting hearable
IQbuds2 MAX’s approach is quite different from the Etymotic, they enhance the speech and filter out the noise. Not just that they are functioal as true wireless earbuds for listening podcasts, music and watching movies from your phones. What’s more the active noise cancellation, yep it works like Airpods Pro.
The Qbuds2 MAX are also able to meaure your hearing ability over a range of requencies and finally the device will be set up Ear ID according to your hearing profile – for example, if you miss the upper register of a conversation, the Qbuds2 MAX will enhance that register for you. Howerver, it takes a while as you have to go through a step-by-step guide to get your personal hearing.
The IQbuds2 MAX also offer something called audio augmenting for 6 possible use case scenarios whereby it enhances the sound you’re interested in by varying the setting to appropriate levels. So bass, treble and ambient noise are literally controled or filtered out over an scenarios. Whether you protizie the sound in front of you over from sound other directions you have Focus mode that’s ideally practical when you speak with somone in front of you for instance, in a noisy restaurant.