It turns out your ears and the way you listen to music are as unique as your fingerprints and an Australian company has created a pair of headphones that can learn and adapt to your hearing.
Nura is the new headphone that came through the University of Melbourne’s accelerator program before launching a Kickstarter campaign that raised more than $130,000 in 24 hours.
The device uses unique soundwave technology to measure your outer ear all the way to your brain to determine the way you hear and adapt your music perfectly for you.
There is a wide difference between our range of sensitivities to various frequencies with the normal hearing range of up to 20 decibels at each frequency.
We’ve always known that audio quality is a very subjective thing so one size does not fit all when it comes to headphones and earphones.
When we hear sound the ear drum vibrates and these vibrations are transferred through a series of small bones to the cochlea.
The cochlea then converts these vibrations to electrical signals which are sent to the brain.
But at the same time very faint signals are also sent back out through the ear.
What sets Nura apart from other headphones is the fact that it uses a microphone to determine exactly what sound went in and what comes back out to calibrate for each listener.
The faint sound produced by your ears and detected by the Nura headphones’ internal microphone determines how well you heard the sound going in.
To match the Nura headphones to a listener takes about 30 seconds and determines how well specific frequencies of sound go through to your brain.
Once this is known, the Nura headphones are sonically molded to match your ears for a rich and balanced sound.
And every time you put them back on it will recognise you in less than two seconds.
The Nura headphones have a unique design with both an ear cup and an in-ear bud which look after deep bass and high tones respectively.
This ear cup with earbud design also doubles the noise isolation.
The Nura headphones are still on Kickstarter where customers can pledge various amounts and save money off the expected retail price of $399 when it is released in April 2017.