The Jabran Enhance Plus is a new pair of true wireless in-ear headphones designed to help people with “mild to moderate” hearing loss. They are meant to be half a step towards a more traditional hearing aid solution for people who may not be ready to use the device all day. Enhance Plus will first be released in the U.S. at the end of the year and will be sold through licensed hearing care professionals at a price not yet announced.
While the Jabra is perhaps best known for its true wireless in-ear headphones Elite 85T, its parent company GN Group has a long history in the hearing aid industry. Now Jabra is involved too. It announced a new one hearing aid range in June, and last year it added hearing test feature to the right wireless in-ear headphones so you can customize their sound to suit your hearing.
The Enhance Plus is designed to be unobtrusive and is half the size of the Jabran Elite 75T headphones. Nevertheless, they also offer a decent 10 hours of battery life or a total of 30 hours when used with a charging case. They use beamforming to isolate sounds and amplify listening, and provide noise reduction and feedback attenuation functions to eliminate unwanted background noise. A mobile app to adjust Enhance Plus settings is also included.
Because the Enhance Plus has a pair of real wireless in-ear headphones, it can also be used like traditional headphones to stream music or make calls from a paired smartphone. Their IP52 rating is dust and water resistant and they are sold in gray and beige.
Other headphone manufacturers have recently shown a similar interest in designing or customizing their products for people with hearing loss. Bose announced his own hearing aid in may, while Apple announced a new one in June “Conversation Boost” software feature For AirPods Pro, designed to amplify the voice of talking people. And they’re probably not the last after hearing aid maker Sonova bought headphone manufacturer Sennheiser.