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Nuheara’s IQbuds are somewhere between wireless headphones and a hearing aid



I went into the Nuheara demo not knowing what to expect. Not in the sense of, “How good will these be?” so much as, “I’m not exactly sure what these things do.” Like, are they headphones? Are they hearing aids?

The answer, interestingly enough, is a little bit of both. The IQbuds are, ostensibly, Bluetooth earbuds. That they’re completely wireless is enough to make them intriguing, but what really sets them apart is the noise cancelling they employ. It’s not simply the active or passive variety, it’s what the Perth-based company refers to as “intelligent hearing.” And it’s really pretty compelling.

Nuheara has gone on a multi-city world tour to show off the technology. Understandably so. It really is one of those you don’t quite get it until you’ve tried it dealies, which makes attempting to explain it all here that much more difficult, but I’ll do my best. Actually, a little background might help.

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