ChatableApps launches its hearing assistance app

ChatableApps is launching its hearing assistance app on iOS today, with a wider Android release to follow shortly. Backed by Mark Cuban, and based on the work of auditory neural signal processing researcher Dr. Andy Simpson, the app removes background noise in near real-time so that one-to-one conversations can be heard more clearly.
And, unlike other solutions on the market, its makers say it works with any modern smartphone and standard earbuds. Early pre-clinical trials of the Chatable app claim to demonstrate that it matches or even surpasses the performance of some traditional hearing aids, with 86% of participants reporting that the ChatableApps universal hearing aid was better for conversation than their existing hearing aid.
ChatableApps launches its hearing assistance app
When I covered the startups recent funding round, ChatableApps co-founder Brendan ODriscoll told me the companys technology and approach is completely unique because it doesnt use noise filtering or other DSP techniques. Its actually a deep learning neural net approach to speech and noise separation that doesnt apply filters to the original audio but rather it listens and re-prints a brand new audio stream in near real-time which is a mimic of just the vocal components of the original audio, he said.
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