So you’re sitting there quietly, because technology told you to do so…(My wife would be quite proud of the nuraphone as it managed to shut me up – something she’s been trying for years) when suddenly an incredibly creepy tune plays and you start to wonder if this is what an alien abduction feels like. The profiling has been complete.
As it happens you might think its quite gimmicky, but the science behind the tests are amazing. The headphones process a personalised aural profile specific for you.
Here’s the science behind how it works. The nuraphone plays a range of tones into the ear, and then measures a very faint sound that your ear generates in response to these tones called the Otoacoustic Emission (OAE). This tiny signal originates in the cochlea and vibrates the eardrum, turning it into a speaker and playing sound back out of your ear. Yes our ears make sound! This sound is about 10,000 times smaller than the sound that went in.
Encoded in the returning sound wave is information about how well you heard the sound that went in. The nuraphone uses an extremely sensitive microphone to detect this returning sound wave, and a self-learning engine built into the nuraphone to create your profile. No buttons or knobs. It all happens automatically and in about 60 seconds. It is a little bit magic.
Once the nuraphone has created your hearing profile it sonically shapes your music so that it matches your hearing profile. The video below can help explain this a little more: