EarMachine is an app that makes it easy to listen to the sounds that you want to hear. Those sounds can be picked up by the microphone in your phone or earbuds, and can be played from your music library! EarMachine is helpful in situations ranging from talking in noisy restaurants to watching television at home.
This work is funded by the National Institutes of Health (of the United States of America).
Simple Interface, Complex Processing
With a simple interface, EarMachine, allows you to adjust more that 150 signal processing parameters with a simple swipe of your finger on a wheel. The mapping from wheel position to parameter values is the result of a large-scale analysis of the hearing status of more than 10,000 people.
EarShare: An intelligent recommendation engine
Ear Machine also contains a recommendation engine called EarShare. This engine will listen to the sounds around you and use that information to recommend wheel positions. The recommendations are based on both large-scale analyses of hearing abilities as well as your usage of the app. EarShare will give better recommendations the more you use the app.
Listen to whatever sounds you want.
Ear Machine allows you to choose whether you want to listen to the microphone in your iOS device, or the one in your earbuds (iOS 7 only). You can also use Ear Machine to listen to songs/podcasts in your music library.
State of the Art Signal Processing
The signal processing in Ear Machine is similar to what is used in most hearing instruments. A wide-dynamic range multiband compressor ensures that quiet sounds are amplified, while protecting you from sounds that are already loud. A multiband limiter provides further protection from loud sounds. An expander makes sure that very quiet sounds (e.g., refrigerator hum) are not annoying. You can even use Ear Machine as a sound level meter (works best with phone microphone).
Fixes crash on load.
Ratings and Reviews
WHAT A BOON!! SAVED ME!!
I'm sitting at a 4-day business conference, as I write this. One of my hearing aids is entirely nonfunctional; the other needs adjustment badly. My first day at the conference: The small meeting rooms have no mics; the large room does, but in both cases, all I'm hearing from the speakers is "Mrrr-brrr-nunn-bunn-sbee-brrr-gnn." And I'm gonna have four days of this? I'm considering spending the four days in the hotel bar. (Might as well!) I'm thinking, "Someone should invent an app for this." Then I'm thinking, "Hey, maybe someone did." So I go to the app store and ... WHAM!! There it is: Ear Machine. WOW!! Loud! CLEAR! I was just hoping for a volume boost, but there's a separate, adjustable high-frequency boost as well. Sibilent sounds are suddenly back. "Wrist" no longer sounds like "rift." I'm hearing and understanding every single word from every speaker. EVERY word, clear as a bell. My hearing aids, when working properly, were not this good in a conference-room situation. Saved the entire conference week for me. WOW, again! And many thanks!
iPhone mic to my aids? No; shucks.
This looks like a marvelous app, but I cannot use it with my Bluetooth hearing aids. I even have Apple earbuds, which their second setup question indicated I had to have, but then I would be tied to my phone and couldn’t use my own hearing aids, which were tuned by an audiologist. What I want to do is pass my phone around the table to whoever is speaking, then hear in my own aids. But the microphone on my aids is at my ear and I would like the mic to be closer to the speaker. If it could also filter out some of the background noise, so much the better! I signed up for the developer’s newsletter; let’s hope they add this feature and let me know.
WOW WOW WOW
Just happened upon this while surfing the App Store. After downloading and sampling several others, this is phenomenal. I had a hearing test and was diagnosed as needing hearing aids, well, for now I think I will stay with this amazing find. Adjustable volume and tone control, clarity is fantastic.
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.