Silicon Valley Is Getting Into the Hearing Aid Business

The startup Whisper launched its Whisper Hearing System, an AI-powered hearing aid, this week.

The startup Whisper launched its Whisper Hearing System, an AI-powered hearing aid, this week.
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Although hearing “Silicon Valley” and “hearing aids” in the same sentence might not seem all that normal, it is now. This week, the startup Whisper launched its new flagship product, the Whisper Hearing System, and also announced a whopping $35 million Series B investment. 

The Whisper Hearing System uses artificial intelligence to process sound in real-time and optimize it for the user’s surroundings. The system consists of three main components: the earpieces, the “Whisper Brain,” or a small pocket-sized device that enables the company’s AI Sound Separation Engine and the Whisper app.

In a statement announcing the product, the company said that the Whisper Brain is the center of the device’s learning capabilities. Whisper maintains that it is constantly working on refining the Brain’s ability to identity and process different sounds, such

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