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hearX USABy hearX USA
First created
hearX USABy hearX USA
First created
$14,520
pledged of $50,000pledged of $50,000 goal
47
backers
52days to go

All or nothing. This project will only be funded if it reaches its goal by Fri, February 1 2019 5:00 PM UTC +00:00.

About

World-first in-ear sound monitoring solution

The best sounding, most comfortable earphones in the world now with dbTrack™ technology. 

Westone®’s universal-fit single balanced-armature driver earphones are tuned to deliver a perfect balance of highs, mids and lows for any music lover, including dbTrack™ patented technology and app for in-ear tracking of your sound exposure. 

Enjoy a lifetime of music without damaging your hearing.    

 A health tracker for your ears 

dbTrack™ consists of premium quality earphones by Westone® and a free app for both iOS and Android that samples music, videos, games or any other audio directly in the ear canal. 

The hearX Group, an innovative technology start-up developed this world-first solution to include a sound sensor inside an earphone to track in-ear sound exposure. Like a health tracker for your ears.

The entire experience is controlled by you. You decide how loud you like to listen to your music. dbTrack™ will tell you how much safe listening time you have left with real-time feedback to take care of your hearing.

Putting the problem in perspective… 

The solution

Westone® dbTrack™ - a world-first in-ear sound monitoring solution. 

dbTrack™ certified earphones and mobile app allows you to listen to music with safe, premium earphones that track your sound exposure in your ear, in real-time. 

The dbTrack™ app calculates accurate sound dose per day and per week. It can adjust sound to a safe level and provides detailed historical information to track listening habits. 

dbTrack™ guides you on safe listening durations tailored to your music preferences. So take control of your listening experience for safe, lifelong enjoyment of your music!

What will you get if you pledge now?

 1: Premium sound quality & aesthetics

To truly deliver accurate results we knew that the sound quality had to be perfect. That’s why we’re proud to announce our partnership with Westone® who is known for 60 years of experience in high-end audio technology and in-ear monitors for professional musicians and music enthusiasts. We’re working alongside their team of acoustic engineers to deliver premium sound quality and create the ultimate listening experience. 

2: Accurate, real-time tracking

The sound sensor inside the ear canal samples the sound played directly in the ear. The unique characteristics and volume of the ear canal and how each individual’s ear canal amplifies the sound is measured by dbTrack™. With our controlled studies in a lab environment we were accurate within 1dB compared to a Type 1 Sound Level Meter.*

The sampling of the sound inside the ear canal happens every 80 milliseconds which makes the sound exposure monitoring real-time and accurate.

3: Auto leveling of sound

dbTrack™ makes it easy to listen to your music for longer. When activating the optional auto-level feature the level of sound is always maintained at a safe level, allowing you to set the trigger level based on the hours you listen per day. The default setting allows you to listen for 8 hours or more per day.

4: In-app hearing test

Not only does the dbTrack™ earphones promote conservation of the user’s hearing but allows him/her to do an in-app hearing test to track his/her hearing ability. Hearing test results over time are displayed in the app.

 5: Guidance on safe durations

When calculating the exact level of sound played inside the ear, dbTrack™ provides the safe listening time that can be sustained for that dB level, making this the first solution to give guidance to best preserve your hearing. The safe duration is updated as the dB level changes, making it easy to manage your sound exposure knowing the listening time available, giving you full control of your daily sound allowance.

6: Comfortable fit with a selection of various earphone tip sizes

Two complete sets (10 pairs) of eartips are included with the Westone® dbTrack™ earphones. You can choose from the easy insertion of a silicone Star-Tip™, or from the maximum attenuation (noise reduction) provided by a True-Fit™ foam eartip. You can experiment with the different sizes and types of eartips provided, to find the one that best fits your ears.

 7: Parental control to protect your child's hearing 

As a parent it’s important to monitor the time and level at which your children listen to music using mobile devices. dbTrack™’s parental control feature will provide you with peace of mind that your child’s hearing is constantly protected.

 8: Notifications & alerts

With the dbTrack™ app’s notifications, warning tones and vibration alerts, it is easy to keep listening at a safe level and be aware should safe listening time be running out or you are not listening at a preferred level.

 9: Track your listening habits

dbTrack™ provides you with useful information about your listening habits and how they change over time. Daily, weekly and historical listening information is displayed, as well as the percentage of safe, moderate and unsafe listening time.

10: Seamless & accurate calibration

A calibration tool is provided with each product to ensure that the sound monitoring is accurate across all devices. Calibration is an easy 3-step process that is completed on first use and whenever the app reminds you to re-calibrate.

 Recent awards 

 Who’s talking about dbTrack? 

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Who is this solution for?

Youth 

In a world where 50% of youth listen to music between 3-6 hours per day, a solution that monitors in-ear sound for hearing protection has become essential. dbTrack™ gives you complete control of your listening experience. Your music, your way - for a lifetime.

Parents

As a parent it’s important to monitor the time and level at which your children listen to music using mobile devices.

By purchasing dbTrack™ certified earphones, accompanied by the free dbTrack™ app - your child can listen to music safely with premium earphones that monitor their sound exposure in real-time.

Music enthusiasts or audiophiles

Listening to music on the go, with premium earphones, whilst monitoring your listening exposure. Be part of this music revolution!

Hearing care professionals

Due to the growing concern regarding recreational sound induced hearing loss, hearing care professionals have been looking for a safe earphone alternative. By becoming a preferred dbTrack™ supplier, practices can provide clients with the option to purchase a world-first technology solution for monitoring personal sound exposure.

Make Listening Safe initiative

The Make Listening Safe initiative was launched in 2015 by the World Health Organisation due to the risk of noise induced hearing loss in youth because of the current trends in listening behaviour which can be too loud, too long and too often. 

Make Listening Safe recognizes that noise-induced hearing loss is one of the few types of hearing loss that is preventable – and have focused on three areas for targeted action. The first includes technologies that pose threats to hearing (eg personal listening devices) The initiative is currently looking into setting safety standards and developing apps to assist users to listen more safely (for more info please go to this link).

dbTrack™ is the first solution to determine sound exposure and raise awareness regarding safe listening practices adhering to the  WHO/ITU safe-listening standard.

Follow the links for more information on the Make Listening Safe initiative or the WHO/ITU standard.

Our premium earphone partner

Since 1959, Westone® has been creating and manufacturing premium custom-fit and universal-fit products for the human ear. Westone® in-ear monitors and universal earphones are designed and built to perform in the most demanding environments, and are trusted and loved by not only the biggest names in the music industry, but also by the most discriminating music lovers. 

“It is in our experience, our products, and our people that make Westone® The In-Ear Experts.”

Artists using Westone®:

 The dbTrack journey 

 How dbTrack works 

The earphone is calibrated to ensure accurate monitoring of personal sound exposure in real-time.

The daily and weekly sound exposure (a combination of how loud and for how long) are tracked.

The sound dose per day and per week guides you about safe listening levels and durations to create awareness on how loud is ‘too loud’.

Every ear canal has a unique frequency footprint. That’s why dbTrack™ monitors sound across frequencies according to the unique characteristics of your ear.

Tech Specs

Sensitivity: 114dB @1mW

Freq. response: 20Hz -16 kHz

Impedance: 25 ohms

Driver: Single balanced armature, full-range

Personal monitoring allows listening to music as loud as you want for safe listening periods. Ensuring enjoyment of your music, safely.

Our goal

Our goal is lifelong enjoyment of sound using in-ear sound monitoring technology and a tracking app. dbTrack™’s world-first innovation allows users full control of their listening experience through smart sound tracking with real-time feedback. 

By backing this campaign you enable us to continue our work of protecting hearing while providing premium sound quality with our Westone® earphones. The ultimate goal is to ensure lifelong enjoyment of sound by preventing hearing damage.

Our mentors

Our team

Why Kickstarter?

We’re starting our journey with Kickstarter because we believe the backer community will play an integral role in the development of dbTrack™. Through Kickstarter we’re not just pre-selling our earphones to early adopters, but rather forging relationships with a passionate community of innovative individuals.

Kickstarter, your feedback and support will enable us to reach our goals and beyond! If you’re ready for an earphone revolution, please support our campaign and spread the word!

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We do not warrant that dbTrack will meet your requirements or be available on an uninterrupted, secure, or error-free basis.

We do not warrant the quality, accuracy, timeliness, truthfulness, completeness, or reliability of the listening level, sound dose, listening time remaining or any other information, graphics or guidelines displayed in dbTrack.

We do not warrant dbTrack certified earphones to protect against and prohibit hearing loss. When using descriptions or statements such as ‘safe’ or ‘safely’ we make no endorsement, representation, or warranty of any kind about the protection of hearing. The accuracy of the data collected and presented through the dbTrack app is not intended to match that of medical devices or scientific measurement devices. We are not responsible for the accuracy, reliability, availability, effectiveness, or correct use of information you receive through the use of dbTrack certified earphones and app.

Use of the dbTrack certified earphones and app should not replace your good judgment and common sense.

Risks and challenges

Partnering with Westone® gives hearX Group the opportunity to launch the dbTrack™ product with a reputable company at the forefront of in-ear and acoustic innovation, Westone® incorporates only the most premium materials and optimal processes into all its products and has over 50 years experience developing in-ear applications. Westone®’s global distribution network will ensure that the backers receive their products on time as promised, and we aspire to keep you informed along the way.
We are excited to bring the Westone® dbTrack™ product to life and get these revolutionary earphones delivered to you, so that you can listen to the sounds you love, for a lifetime.

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