The IQbuds2 Max buds in their charging case
The IQbuds2 Max buds in their charging case
Image by Nuheara from IQbuds2 Max

Usual disclaimer: None of this is meant as a replacement for medical advice. As with anything medical, talk with an audiologist, ENT, or other hearing professional before deciding to use hearing aids, hearing amplification devices, or tinnitus treatments. These are just my experiences, and they might or might not work for you depending on your specific situation.

As many of you know, I have been super excited about the release of the Nuheara IQbuds2 Max since they were announced. They offer a great range of features on paper — Ear ID to customize the sound you hear based on your…


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hearing aid icon on a black background
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This is a follow up from my previous article on Hearing aids and Tinnitus — you can read that here if you’d like. Also, as with anything medical, talk with an audiologist, ENT, or other hearing professional before deciding to use hearing aids. They might or might not work for you depending on your specific situation.

I received my Lively hearing aids a few days ago, and have been using them almost non-stop since then to get an idea as to if they will work for my tinnitus and Central Auditory Processing issues. The overall summary is that, despite some…


hearing aid icon on a black background
hearing aid icon on a black background
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Note: This post isn’t sponsored by any company, I’m just really excited at the prospect of having improved hearing. Also, as with anything medical, talk with an audiologist, ENT, or other hearing professional before deciding to use hearing aids. These might end up working for me, but they might not work for you depending on your specific situation.

Hi again everyone! Unfortunately, I still haven’t received my IQBuds Max2 hearables yet due to production delays related to COVID-19. To help combat my tinnitus and improve my overall ability to hear and understand conversations in the meantime, I’ve started to use…


Hey everyone — just a quick update on the IQBuds2 Max review. Due to everything going on in the world with the coronavirus and COVID-19, Nuheara’s manufacturer had to temporarily shut down, so they’re delayed until at least late April. On the bright side, they’re sending out an IQstream TV to use as well, so I’ll be able to review that with the IQBuds2 Max. Once I receive everything, I’ll write the review up and post it. Thanks for all the interest in my article, I hope to share more about tinnitus and technology in the future as I learn about it more myself. Stay safe everyone, stay home if you can, and wash your hands!


I work on a few side projects (besides this blog) outside of work, my main one being the scrappy, tongue-in-cheek Total Emojis as a Service (also known as TEaaS). I’ve worked on TEaaS on all sorts of different computers over the years, from MacBook Pros to my aging Windows desktop that I’m surprised still runs. These days, my primary non-work computer is actually a 10.5” iPad Pro with a Smart Keyboard. I’m crazy determined to avoid purchasing a laptop when I can do most of what I need and want to do outside of work on an iPad, so I’ve…


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I’m one of the members of the population that suffers from tinnitus. Despite what I thought, it turns out I’ve had it since I’ve been a kid. I distinctly remember laying in bed about to go to sleep, and hearing nothing but a ringing noise in both of my ears. I thought it was normal — turns out that’s not normal at all. I thought that loud fans were needed when sleeping for everyone to block out the constant ringing when you’re about to go to bed.

Things got worse in 2018 randomly when I started hearing the ringing 24/7…

Bill Rastello

I’m a Sr. Software Engineer at Aha!. I write about tech, software engineering, music, and hearing issues. I have an amazing wife, dog, and cat, and live in IL.

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