Fennex turns airpods into hearing aids

Fennex AG, a Zurich-based start launched the first augmented hearing app that works with Apple AirPods to provide a personal hearing amplifier. The app in combination with the AirPods, allows for people to communicate audibly without sound barriers.

Oftentimes communication among peers socialising in public places such as at a restaurant or at a party is poor making them barely audible. Thanks to Fennex and the existance of wireless Airpods there is now a solution to curb this problem.

 Established in March this year, Fennex AG is specialising in augmented hearing to provide software-based solutions that enhance social experiences while overcoming challenging listening situations. In July Fennex AG launched its flagship app “Fennex App” to allow iOS users to use their AirPods as hearing aids.

The app comes with features that enable users to customize volumes, create balance, identify compression, high and low frequencies, and equalize among other features, hence amplifying sound to increase audibility. The Fennex app is currently available in the Apple app store and is free of charge.

First, users do a three-minute hearing test that allows the app to customize their experience. From there, the sound around the user is personalized, amplified and equalized based on their hearing loss for specific frequencies. Several standard settings for areas like the car or a meeting are also included. Moreover, the app offers advanced features allow for in-depth customization based on specific needs.

Alex Mari, Co-Founder and CEO of Fennex said of the iOS app, "Fennex is for people with normal hearing or mild to moderate hearing loss that occasionally struggle in noisy situations and aren't ready to spend up to $3000 for a hearing aid. You can focus on single or group conversations, balance sound reception between the left and right side of the speakers, boost volume, and adapt treble, mid, and bass. It is a stylized win-win."

Noted by BuzzFeed for its superior benefits and by Mogul as one of the top three augmented hearing apps on the market, Fennex changes the game.

Currently over 30'000 downloads have been made and used over 100'000 times. "We are doubling the number of downloads month over month. Today we generate 700 daily downloads", says Alex.

Following the launch the startup closed the pre-seed round for a total of CHF 800'000.