Nura recently rolled out an over-the-air update to its “self-learning” Nuraphone headphones that adds active noise cancellation and a social mode that lets you hear the outside world without having to remove your headphones.
Noise cancellation is enabled by default; it works with noise-cancellation frequencies played through the ear cup speakers, allowing the inner ear tips to play high notes and melodies and block ambient noise. You can turn it off in the Nura app’s settings. Social mode, on the other hand, lets sound pass through. Just press the Social Mode button on the homepage of the Nura app.
For times when you don’t have internet connectivity, this update—dubbed G2—also adds an offline mode, which connects your phone and the Nuraphone via Bluetooth. Bluetooth QuickSwitch, meanwhile, lets you easily swap between paired devices.
When you power your Nuraphones on, they’ll now speak your power level in increments of 10 percent. And the touch buttons can now be customized to respond to single and double taps, but only over Bluetooth.
Headphone speakers don’t dictate what you hear—sound happens in your brain. And we all process sound a little differently, so chances are slim that what you hear (yes, even with expensive headphones) is what a musician heard when they played it or what the producer heard behind the soundboard. Enter Nuraphone.
Nuraphone bounces sound waves off your eardrums (much like the test a person receives when calibrating hearing aids). It then uses that sound profile to adjust the music produced by the headphone speakers so that what you hear is audio balanced in a way your brain will understand.
Nuraphones produce sound via speakers that sit inside your ear (like earbuds) and also around the ear (like over-ear headphones). The accompanying app can store several unique hearing profiles and offers an “immersion” setting. Adjusting the immersion allows you to control how much sound is produced by the ear cups, which give you the feel of front-row concert seating.
I’d encourage you to listen to music with somebody else’s hearing profile turned on, which highlights where your differences lie within your hearing profile.
My husband—who has hearing loss and uses hearing aids—created a Nuraphone profile and tested them with and without his hearing aids. Though he said the music was pretty quiet (they were not
High-end headphones are pricey, and