Etymotic Research Brings “Reading Glasses For Your Ears” to Vision EXPO East 2014

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“The Bean,” a High-Fidelity Personal Sound Amplifier, Now Available for Sale at Vision Retail

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The Bean is like 'reading glasses for your ears' because of its ease of use for those who occasionally want to hear ‘one click louder’ in certain noisy situations.

Etymotic Research, a leader in hearing health technology, is bringing The Bean, its breakthrough personal sound amplifier, to Vision EXPO East (booth #5463) at the Jacob Javits Center in New York starting on March 28th. The Bean is like “reading glasses for your ears” because of its ease of use for those who occasionally want to hear ‘one click louder’ in certain noisy situations. It’s good to go right out of the box without custom fitting, medical referral or prescription, and attractive and affordable at an MSRP of $375 for a single unit, or $700 for double unit packaging.

With a slim profile, and worn completely in the ear, The Bean only enhances soft sounds so that speech can be heard more clearly. Loud sounds pass through naturally as if nothing is in the ears. For many users, personal sound amplifiers are like reading glasses: used only when needed.

Most remarkably, The Bean provides the highest fidelity sound amplification available at any cost. The sound quality of The Bean is superior to that of all known custom-fitted devices. The Bean is not digital; it uses the most sophisticated analog processing ever devised, which explains its natural sound and low battery drain. Batteries last 2-5X longer than those in digital hearing devices. And, most Bean users find the ready-fit ear tips supplied with The Bean to be comfortable for many hours of wear.

“Etymotic is excited about reaching consumers where they purchase eyewear,” said Gail Gudmundsen, AuD, Managing Director of Sales and Marketing at Etymotic. Etymotic is committed to providing high-quality, affordable personal sound amplifiers direct to consumers, and we feel vision retail locations are an excellent fit for our technology.”

The circuitry in The Bean incorporates a patented new ultra-low-distortion output amplifier, along with all of the important features and benefits of the original K-AMP® circuit first described over 25 years ago by Etymotic’s founder, Mead Killion, Ph.D., Sc.D.(hon), a well-known engineer and professor of audiology. No circuitry, including digital technology, has proven to produce sound quality superior to that of K-AMP circuitry – the engine of The Bean.

About Etymotic
Etymotic is a research, development and manufacturing company that designs high-fidelity personal audio products and hearing wellness solutions to assess, enhance and protect hearing. For over 30 years, innovation and education have been central to Etymotic’s mission. Etymotic is one of the most respected leaders in high-fidelity audio and hearing conservation.

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