Up close and personalised... headphones 'match sound to hearing by scanning ears'

MARK BLUNDEN
Tube-friendly: the £349 Nuraphone is said to adjust sound for the user's hearing

Earphones that claim to offer a “personalised” sound based on the wearer’s hearing are being billed as the best way to block out noise on rattly Tube journeys.

The Australian inventors of the £349 Nuraphone — which uses Bluetooth — say it offers the ultimate immersive commute, while damping tinny beats that can annoy fellow passengers.

The rubber hybrid headphone-earbuds have a set-up procedure which fires high-pitched beeps around the inside of each ear, displaying the results on an app and balancing the levels accordingly.

This is said to tailor the sound to the shape and condition of the wearer’s inner ear. Their name is also programmed in for a personalised greeting. Battery life is claimed to be 20 hours.

Early reviews suggest that the sound quality is fantastic. But Nuraphone is pitted against the likes of the noise-cancelling £300 Bose QuietComfort 25 and £160 Sennheiser HD 4.50 BTNC.

The start-up’s chief executive Kyle Slater said the earphones were ideal for commutes. “They are perfect for blocking Tube noise, using dual passive isolation provided by the in-ear and over-ear elements.

"We will announce updates to the software next year that will enhance their ability to block out specific sounds.”

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