Nuheara IQBuds Boost Detailed Review | Wireless Bluetooth Ear Buds

Nuheara IQBuds Boost detailed review. Dr. Cliff, AuD reviews the IQBuds Boost and compares the technology with the original IQBuds. IQBuds Boost available now for purchase via Nuheara @

The long awaited detailed review of the New IQBuds Boost is finally here! The new release boasts new features including EarID, a NAL-NL2 prescriptive method, and Focus.
The EarID feature is essentially a hearing test. It uses the typical descending and ascending tone technique to identify the softest sound that you can hear between 500 Hz and 6,000 Hz. Based on testing and comparisons to a known hearing loss, this feature appears to be accurate. It was also given the stamp of approval from the National Acoustics Laboratory for reliability and validity of the testing procedure.

Where things get even more exciting is the NAL-NL2 prescription. The NL2 is commonly used in hearing aids to ensure proper audibility, clarity, and comfort of amplification. Evaluating the NAL-NL2 prescription in the Boost is relatively easy considering it can be verified by the same method of verifying the prescription in a hearing aid. We do this by performing Real Ear Measures. You can see a video explaining more about Real Ear Measures here:

Ultimately, the IQBuds Boost did not meet the NAL-NL2 prescriptive targets in the high frequencies. Without a way to make significant changes in amplification to meet the prescriptive targets, it falls victim to similar issues of improperly programmed hearing aids. Since everyone’s ear canals are different, there is no guarantee that your prescription would be met. However, what Nuheara is attempting to do is impressive and it likely gets you closer to a better listening experience by using the NAL-NL2.

Another feature that will be released mid-July 2018 is “Focus”. This will allow users to adjust directionality with their Boost microphones. Simply put, you can focus the microphone sensitivity forward to pickup more of the sound that you want to hear, and less background noise. This will be a relatively simple update in the Boost and wont be available in the Original IQBuds devices.
The Boost still give you the ability to adjust Real World sound vs. Streaming sound. You can still make minor adjustments to Bass & Treble. The touch plate sensors can be programmed to do a variety of controls so you don’t need to take your phone out of your pocket, and you still get high quality sound considering it uses Bluetooth.

As great as the devices are, there are a few things that you should be aware of.
1. Nuheara got rid of the Personal Profile that were available in the Original IQBuds. This limits your ability to adjust the devices.
2. You won’t get the same sound quality of an over-the-ear WIRED headphone, but this is largely outweighed by the fact that you can amplify some speech, and don’t have to deal with the wires, and don’t have huge headphones that make you hot and sweaty.
3. The ear tips are relatively comfortable, but not necessarily something you could wear all day. My personal limit is about 3 hours. Because the eartips are designed to completely seal your ears you can also run into is the Occlusion effect. This happens when something blocks your ear canal and your own voice bounces….causing you to hear yourself very loudly. This can be annoying and is something you don’t generally get use to.
4. Despite Nuheara’s use of features that are common in hearing aids, they explicitly state that their devices are not intended for individuals with hearing loss. This could come as a bit of a shock considering all the hearing aid technology being used in the devices, but even they will tell you that if you have a hearing loss, you should be receiving a professional evaluation and using appropriately fit hearing aids.

Overall, the Boost are a high quality pair of wireless earbuds that can augment your listening experience. If you aren’t ready to treat your mild hearing loss, or you just looking for a little boost, the IQBuds Boost might be exactly what you are looking for.

If you haven’t seen the review of the Original IQBuds, check that out on his YouTube Channel here:


Jeahav Valentin says:

Please be honest with me and tell me the truth, do the IQBuds Boost make the power beats 3 look like a complete joke in comparison?
Of course they make the power beats 3 look like a complete joke in comparison


Wow you are super informative in all your videos Clifford great job

Sharyn Willis says:

Very informative, but I am not a fan of the black and would like to see how they look in the ear. I would prefer a them to closely match my skin colour

Ben Powell says:

Would these help with APD?

Jacob Sample says:

I work in a noisy environment, so would this be good just to have something to boost voice over the sound of machines for a few hours?

Kenneth Brownson says:

Thank you for the information. Thank you for your service in the Marines. I was a Navy Corpsman during the Viet Nam War. Semper Fi

Nathan Heffernan says:

Can I also use them as hearing protection on a construction site? Meaning that it’ll pick up someone yelling out measurements but cancel out a tool that’s over 80DB??? If these plugs do that I’m sold. I don’t want a 120DB grinder noise or power saw noise or rattle gun noise amplified in my ear haha

Anthony Bray-Heta says:

what’s the quality of sound like with music?

TeddyCavachon says:

Why do all ear buds seem to only come in white or brown, not less conspicuous shades of flesh tones?

Chad Gasaway says:

What about for callers on the other end of the line. Does these do a decent job suppressing outside noise for the callers. It was a big issue with the Jabra Elite 65t

Chris Viliran says:

Is the bluetooth connectivity better now with boost than the original?

And is the ear ID worth the extra 200 dollars?

Eggsy Modo says:

I am looking for earbuds for music and noise cancelling. At the same time, I have a problem focusing when there are slight sounds present so I need an earbud that can lock out the sound. I want to ask if this is the earbud for me. Also iqbuds is less expensive than the boost version. Is the regular iqbuds enough for what I am using it for?

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