The Eargo 6 changes mode depending on your environment

Eargo has been reliably announcing a new model of its smart, near-invisible hearing aids at CES in recent years, and 2022 is no exception with the introduction of the Eargo 6. As usual, the little black buttons completely soak up the same. channel (CIC) form factor keeping them almost completely out of sight. The “new” stuff is on the inside.

The flagship of the Eargo 6 is called ‘Sound Adjust’. No prizes for guessing what this does, but the company claims its proprietary algorithm can automatically detect your environment and the hearing aids automatically optimize themselves to give you the best settings for it. Profiles are a pretty standard feature on most hearing aids, but automatic switching is usually something reserved for the more expensive models, and they all do it with varying levels of success, at least in my experience.

The difference here is that the Eargo 6 is much smaller than most other products that offer similar technologies. Being small is great, and the main selling point here, but it also means there’s a lot less real estate to fill with sensors and chips. Regardless, Eargo seems to be finding clever ways to put their offerings on par with their (physically and metaphorically) bigger competition.

Of course, CES 2022 wouldn’t be without a few COVID-related influences. For two years now, people with hearing loss have faced a new challenge: talking to people who wear masks. Not only does this remove visual feedback, it also muffles the sound – a double whammy for those who struggle to understand you. As such, the company has introduced a “mask mode” that aims to fix some of the changes in the sound that cause facial coverings.

Other tweaks this time around include revised noise cancellation, with the company claims further reducing background noise, allowing the voice to penetrate. The Eargo 6 also has an IPX7 water resistance rating. This allows them to be submerged at a depth of one meter for 30 minutes without water damage. In practice, this means you can probably leave them in while you shower or go for a swim. Or, more logically, you can get them a little while cleaning.

As we’re not physically at CES this year, we haven’t been able to test them out as we normally do, but if previous years have anything to offer, the brave little hearing aid just gets smarter and more useful. As usual, the Eargo 6 will be sold directly to consumers and will retail for $2,950. In terms of hearing aids, that’s about the going rate for more expensive models, although the company offers financing options as well.

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