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Hearing Health Startup Orka Wants To Make Hearing Aids As Cool As AirPods With Its Orka One Device

Steven Aquino
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Jan 20, 2023,01:38pm EST|

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In terms of form factor, the Orka One is highly reminiscent of AirPods—but they’re hearing aids!


Since Apple announced the original AirPods in 2016, the Cupertino-based company has been deliberate in emphasizing the popular earbuds are meant to be listening devices. Computers for your ears, essentially. As new software features such as Live Listen and Conversation Boost have appeared over time, Apple has been even more deliberate in sending the message that AirPods of any surname are not designed to replace a medical-grade hearing aid. There are plenty of Made for iPhone hearing aids that integrate tightly with iOS for people who need better hearing; AirPods are not designed to radically improve one’s aural abilities.

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