Category Archives: ear/headphones

My CES 2023 Coverage

Here is some of my CES coverage for both the official CES Show Daily and for Techlicious.com. CES 2023: Nasdaq Chief Friedman Advocates for Tech-Driven 21st Century Economy CES 2023: Samsung Stresses Sustainability, Smarter Home, Security TCL 2023 TVs Will … Continue reading

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Lexie B2 OTC Hearing Aids Offer Great Sound Marred by Squealing

The Lexie B2 powered by Bose are a perfect example of the unfortunate aesthetic and feature compromises one needs to make when choosing a new over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid, compromises that boil down to more convenient battery management vs. “invisibility” … Continue reading

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New Year, New Tech: CES 2023 Sneak Peeks

CES serves as A crystal ball, an Ouija board, tea leaves, or a deck of tarot cards, providing a view of the future – if you can correctly interpret the symbols, signs, and sales pitches. At CES 2023, signs, symbols, and … Continue reading

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Review: Sony CRE-10 OTC Hearing Aids Deliver Great Sound with One Flaw

Sony’s first OTC hearing aid, the CRE-C10 ($999.99), should be and could have been the model by which all subsequent no-frills OTC hearing aids should aspire. After an initial hearing test to personalize their amplification, you simply stick ’em in your ear, … Continue reading

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Jabra Enhance Plus OTC Hearing Aids: Less Than Expected and Hoped For

So-called “self-fitting” non-prescription over the counter (OTC) hearing aids are becoming available in two form-factors. First, “invisible” models are designed to be heard through and not seen and worn all day. These more traditional hearing aids might include Bluetooth for phone calls, … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast: OTC Hearing Aids, Starlink, Elon Musk, macOS Ventura, Continuity Camera

I, host Mark Vena, and my fellow tech journalist John Quain take on OTC hearing aids, Starlink, LinkedIn user “experimentation” and macOS Ventura’s Continuity Camera feature on this week’s SmartTechCheck podcast. Watch the podcast here on YouTube.

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OTC Hearing Aids: A New Consumer Tech Product Category Opportunity

What do earbud makers and consumer tech retailers need to know about getting into the OTC hearing aid business? Read the rest of this report here at TWICE.com.

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OTC Hearing Aids: What You Need to Know

Nearly 40 million American that could and should use hearing aids don’t because of prohibitive pricing and insurance. This week’s FDA pronouncement that hearing aids would now be available to purchase over the counter (OTC) rather than via prescription from … Continue reading

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Bluetooth Hearing Aids to Receive Broadcasts from Public Venues

This week, the FDA announced that hearing aids can be purchased over the counter (OTC) without a prescription from an audiologist. In addition to assisting with everyday hearing, many new devices will support the next generation of Bluetooth called Low Energy (LE) Audio, … Continue reading

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SmartTechCheck Podcast Bluetooth 5.2, iOS 16 bugs and benefits of ‘smart’ air purifiers

SmartTechCheck host Mark Vena, fellow tech journalist John Quain and I take on bugs with the new iOS 16, the benefits of “smart” air purifiers, and disruptive new features in Bluetooth 5.2. Watch this week’s SmartTechCheck episode here on YouTube.

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