HearYouNow – Your personal sound amplifier
By ExSilent B.V.
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Many people have difficulties following and understanding conversations in situations like in a restaurant, in meetings, or just have a hard time understanding conversations in noisy daily life.
The ExSilent HearYouNow app will help you understand conversations better.
ExSilent is a Dutch manufacturer of hearing aids, operating worldwide. The company’s goal is to lower the barrier for people who could use a hearing aid because of hearing loss, but who are not ready for one yet.
The HearYouNow app is a free amplification tool that uses state of the art ExSilent technology. It is your personal sound amplifier. Adjust it to your personal needs! You will understand conversations better in situations such as:
•in a restaurant
•during a meeting
•at a (birthday) party
•wherever and whenever you like to hear the sounds around you more clearly
In order for it to work properly, you will have to connect a headphone to the iPhone.
With this app it is possible to customize the sound performance depending on your specific needs. Some of the features and benefits are:
•Extremely simple and intuitive interface
•High performance sound quality, using state of the art ExSilent filtering and amplification techniques
•The volume is adjustable per ear
•The individual frequency sliders allow volume control for three frequency bands, tuned towards speech understanding
•With the feature “focus near/far” you can choose to focus on conversations held close by or further away
•With a simple button push, you can replay the last 20 seconds if you have missed part of a conversation
The HearYouNow app is only intended to help people in specific listening environments. Should you notice that you need this app very often to amplify conversations, we strongly recommend consulting a hearing professional.
Works as advertised
App works as presented. With earbuds plugged in and in near mode, sound inside of the room are plainly heard Nd amplified. Near mode seems to cut out a lot of background noise. I was astonished to discover that there is SOME functionality with Bluetooth wireless headphones (LG Tone). Performance was no where near as solid as with wired earbuds, but it was working. Other apps of this type have not worked with wireless headphones. Quite impressed! Would be five stars if wireless headphones performed better.
There is nothing in the description or in the app that suggests that it will work with wireless headphones, as a matter of fact, the app doesn't recognize that headphones are even present, but as mentioned above, basic function was there.
A Little Miracle
My mother-in-law is hospitalized. Her expensive hearing aids are adjusted too far down for her to hear conversations. She is unable to go back to the audiologist until her health improves. As an interim solution this app has been outstanding. It allows her to be truly back in the conversation.
I haven't tried it but believe this would also be an excellent app for those whose hearing doesn't quite work in restaurants with the background noise. Wearing earbuds may look a little quirky but it would be well with it to be back hearing your dinner mates.
I love the concept of the app.
Replay closes app
After installing this app on my iPhone 5 and spending some time testing its functionality, I discovered that tapping the Replay button consistently closed (crashed) this app.
I also was disappointed that the app's amplification is insufficient. I tested by setting the volume very low on my TV about 10 feet away so that I could just barely hear and understand the dialog. In Far mode at maximum volume and mid-range at its highest setting, the app amplified the sound just slightly louder than the TV. In Near mode there was no discernible difference.
Based on these issues, I can give this app only 3 stars.