Galaxy Buds Pro could help people with hearing impairments

The recent true-wireless Galaxy Buds Pro have won the hearts of many users. Along with truly good sound quality, the Galaxy Buds Pro offer a range of useful features such as Intelligent Active Noise Cancellation, Voice Detect, 360 Audio, and Ambient Sound. Samsung now says that the Ambient Sound feature can help people with mild to moderate hearing loss better engage in conversations. And this is not just an attractive advertising claim. The Ambient Sound feature has four levels of customization and can amplify ambient sounds up to 20 decibels.

According to a study carried out by Samsung Medical Center, the Galaxy Buds Pro's Ambient Sound feature is effective in helping people with mild to moderate hearing loss to hear ambient sounds better. The study compared the efficacy of the Galaxy Buds Pro's Ambient Sound feature with a hearing aid and a personal sound amplification product. It is the first study to include true wireless earbuds when assessing the clinical performance of hearing devices. The three devices underwent three tests: an electroacoustic assessment, a sound amplification evaluation, and a clinical performance evaluation.

The electroacoustic assessment revealed that the Galaxy Buds Pro met the key performance criteria for hearing aids, namely frequency range, output sound pressure level, equivalent input noise, and total harmonic distortion. In the sound amplification evaluation, the earbuds demonstrated an appropriate level of amplification at seven frequencies. The clinical performance evaluation held among people with a median age of 63 years with mild to moderate hearing impairment showed that the Galaxy Buds Pro helped over 53% of participants when communicating in a quiet environment.

The study also showed that participants understood spoken words better when using Galaxy Buds Pro. The earbuds demonstrated almost the same performance level as a hearing aid and a personal sound amplification product when compared to unaided conditions. The company plans to involve more participants in the coming months. “These findings reflect our ongoing commitment to creating innovations that enable everyone to better enjoy everyday experiences,” says Han-gil Moon, Master and Head of Advanced Audio Lab, Mobile Communications Business at Samsung Electronics.

You can read the full study on the official website of Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology, a scientific journal dedicated to ear, nose, and throat (ENT) research.

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