Investments, Mobile

Mobile app startup SoundFocus raises USD 1.7 million from a group of investors

SoundFocus, an app that gives people with hearing loss 20/20 hearing when listening to music on an iPhone or iPod Touch, has raised USD 1.7 million in funding. The iOS app adjusts the frequency and sound levels to suit the users’ hearing ability.

As reported by TechCrunch, the investors in this round were Kapor Capital (Lotus and EFF Co-Founder Mitch Kapor’s fund), Y-Combinator, Greg Badros, Ovo Fund, RTA Capital, Vegas Tech Fund, Garry Tan, Alexis Ohanian, and Harj Taggar.

SoundFocus can be tuned with a quick initial test that figures out which sound frequencies one does not hear well. On further listening to music, the user can use the equalizer to further enhance the audio. The app gives a list of default presets, and also gives an option to the users to save custom presets.

It plays music from the iTunes library, and music streaming services like Spotify. Additionally it supports AirPlay so one can stream to Apple TV and AirPlay-enabled speakers. The startup is working on creating hardware which can include the same functionality, so that optimised sound can be played on any device.

The app is free of cost. To download the app, click here

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