Qualcomm has collaborated with Jacoti, an audio technology company to bring Jacoti’s hearing enhancement software to the Qualcomm® QCC5100 Series Ultra-Low Power Bluetooth SoCs. This integration adds accessible, accurate personalized hearing assistance with more safety features.
The World Health Organization reports that one third of the global population over age 65 has disabling hearing loss and more than one billion teens and adults are at risk for hearing loss. The Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. 2020 State of Play Report found that 40% consumers are interested in earbuds that can provide automatic hearing assistance, as needed. Therefore, Jacoti has combined its medical expertise with the engineering prowess of Qualcomm Technologies to provide high-quality hearing enhancement solutions.
James Chapman, vice president and general manager, Voice, Music & Wearables, Qualcomm Technologies said, “By working with Jacoti, we’re making hearing enhancement and personalization technology more accessible to consumers than ever before. For our customers, who are competing in a rapidly changing and crowded market, exciting technologies like this will provide a really interesting way to differentiate and enrich the end user experience”.
Jacques Kinsbergen as CEO and Founder of Jacoti said, “We are excited to have this collaboration with Qualcomm Technologies and be able to integrate our audiologically-based hearing solutions into this powerful platform to improve the audio experience of all users”.
Jacoti’s technology comes with self-administered hearing test to establish volume thresholds for the user’s level of hearing. Two audiograms are then created for user’s right and left ears. These audiograms, with the Jacoti technology, will work on devices featuring the Qualcomm QCC5100 Series SoCs with the software. The software on the device also prevents the user from exposure to sounds that can cause further hearing damage, resulting in safe and pleasurable listening experience.
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