In Brief

Tech consultancy group Plextek has developed a new device that can be placed in headphones to detect issues with hearing

If you’ve ever played music too loudly or been close to the speakers too often at concerts, no doubt you’ve experienced tinnitus— a ringing in the ear that affects more than 300 million people globally. According to the World Health Organization, 50 percent of this and other hearing issues can be prevented with the right tools.

Enter Plextek, a Cambridge-based electronics consultancy that has developed a device that works with any headphones to create an early warning system. The device monitors Auditory Evoked Potentials (AEP), which helps measure hearing, and if an issue is detected, it sends a warning to the synced smartphone app so that the wearer can seek medical help or take other preventative steps like wearing headphones less or listening at a lower volume.

Learn more about how this warning system in the video below:

 

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If you’ve ever played music too loudly or been close to the speakers too often at concerts, no doubt you’ve experienced tinnitus— a ringing in the ear that affects more than 300 million people globally. According to the World Health Organization, 50 percent of this and other hearing issues can be prevented with the right tools.

Enter Plextek, a Cambridge-based electronics consultancy that has developed a device that works with any headphones to create an early warning system. The device monitors Auditory Evoked Potentials (AEP), which helps measure hearing, and if an issue is detected, it sends a warning to the synced smartphone app so that the wearer can seek medical help or take other preventative steps like wearing headphones less or listening at a lower volume.