Unboxing The Jabra Enhance Plus | The Flex Audiology Show #3

03/31/2022 | Hearing Aids, Patient Resources, Technology

The Jabra Enhance Plus is finally here, and today I get the pleasure of unboxing it in front of you.

Arguably, there are lots of different opinions on this type of device. However, I have been waiting for its release for months and I’m so excited that it is finally here.

In this episode of the Flex Audiology Show, I’m going to walk through the Jabra Enhance Plus, testing it right before your eyes.

A New Type Of Device

First impressions-wise, the Jabra Enhance Plus is small in size, meaning it can be placed inside your pocket or handbag easily.

There’s no need to worry about which earbud to put in which ear, as they are named accordingly as right and left. They also have a bunch of different-sized ear tips to cater to your ear contours.

One of the most important things to note is that to purchase a Jabra Enhance Plus, you must have an iPhone. Otherwise, you won’t be able to take advantage of its features.

With this in mind, I then went ahead and grabbed the pamphlet with instructions on how to pair the device to my iPhone. You should also download the Jabra Enhance Plus app and enable Bluetooth.

Usability & Comfort

Once inserted inside my ears, it looks no different from regular headphones or earplugs.

At first, we would naturally expect some discomfort as your ears get used to them being inside of your ears, but these are remarkably comfortable.

The app will talk you through the whole process, giving you step-by-step tips.

This also includes a short hearing test, which includes the use of a range of frequencies and boops to assess at what depth you can hear. At one stage, the app shut down on me, so it may require your full attention to ensure this doesn’t occur when completing the assessment.

Although this has been a relatively straightforward process, it is nowhere near the level of precision and accuracy as a regular hearing assessment by an audiologist.

Before assessing whether these types of devices are right for you, please call our office to have a chat about your hearing.

Customization 

Once the Jabra Enhance app had finished configuration, I then had to select a speech filter – normal, full, or clear.

This involved listening to a prerecorded conversation and selecting which noise suits you. I picked clear since I found the background noise fairly distracting.

Conclusions

While these devices are comfortable, I found them less beneficial in a noisy restaurant environment and became distracted by background noise. 

To test the device, I visited a local restaurant and found I was struggling to hear the waiter when they asked for my order. That said, I had to adjust the settings and operate a focus-only mode. Once I had taken them out to adjust, my hearing improved. 

In terms of frequencies, I struggled to hear male voices – in particular, my husband. He also noted that I was speaking a lot quieter and softer than nomrla, which could be due to hearing my own voice. 

Overall, I think it’s certainly an interesting device and one that will hopefully shorten the gap of 10 years before seeking help.

If you are interested in trying out the Jabra Enhance Plus, I am pleased to announce that we are offering this device to residents in Lawrenceburg.

The first step is to schedule a comprehensive hearing assessment with our experts to understand whether this type of device is going to be beneficial for you.

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Erica Person Au.D, CCC-A

Dr. Person has been a private practice owner since 2005. She currently specializes in hearing aids, tinnitus management and vestibular diagnostics, while operating in an unbundled service delivery model. Dr. Person is the host of The Unbundled Audiologist podcast. She serves as the incoming VP of Audiology for ISHA for a three year term. Her greatest accomplishment is creating a life where she can serve others while still spending quality time with her husband and two small children.

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