Some headphones are about bringing the music “the way the artist intended”, but a new Australian headphone concept is about matching your ears to the music.
It started as a basic idea, when visiting PhD student at the University of California at Berkeley realised that the perfect headphones just didn’t exist. Just like a song popping into your head that you can’t get out, Kyle Slater realised there must be a solution to the problem that we all hear differently.
“Finding a pair of headphones that matches your hearing is hard – and sometimes impossible,” said Slater.
Matching an individual’s hearing is practically impossible because we all have varying hearing ranges and our ears have all undergone different treatments over the years.
The 10 year old you likely has a different hearing range to the 25 year old you and the 40 year old you, and depending on the sort of trauma you’ve accidentally or inadvertently pushed onto the cells in your ear, the hearing may be vastly different from where you think it should be.
As such, getting earphones that positively return a comfortable audio stream that can be interpreted by the brain isn’t an easy task. All of our headphone reviews are subjective — as are most reviews — but products where your hearing is totally unique demonstrates this better than most other fields, and while we can tell you that one pair sounds great and another shallow, your ears and your experience may dictate otherwise.
But Slater came to a solution for this, and after meeting another engineer — Luke Campbell — the two devised a solution: what if you could put a hearing measurement machine inside a pair of headphones and get the headphones to subsequently match themselves to the person’s hearing?
The idea was born, and the “Nura” headphones came to life.
“Nura is all about providing the richest experience of the music you love. Because we all hear very differently [and] it’s important our headphones match our hearing,” said Slater, CEO of Nura.
“We’ve made the first headphones that automatically work out your sensitivity to various frequencies of sound and fill in your musical black spots so you hear all the nuance and detail of the original recording.”
Sound measurement in the Nura relates back to your ears, and once the measurement has been made, your profile is stored on the headphones, allowing you to take them to another device, making the Nura a pair of headphones that need an app to setup, but are able to be used without one regardless.
When used with an app, Nura will measure and adapt to your hearing every 30 seconds, attaching to the theory that you’re always listening to the music the way your ears think you’re hearing things, which is also the way your brain is hearing things.