US music startup SoundFocus raises $1.7M to adjust music to a person's hearing abilities

By VCPOST Staff Reporter

Feb 20, 2014 11:49 PM EST

SoundFocus wants to improve a person's music listening experience, especially those who have hearing problems. The San Francisco-based startup has just closed $1.7 million in funding for that goal, according to TechCrunch.

Kapor Capital, Y-Combinator, Ovo Fund, Greg Badros, RTA Capital, Garry Tan, Vegas Tech Fund, Harj Taggar, and Alexis Ohanian are the investors who backed the funding round, the report detailed.

The said app is compatible with the iPhone music library and Spotify music tracks. SoundFocus automatically adjusts music according to the user's hearing abilities. One the app is launched, a one-minute test is started to determine the frequencies that the user can and cannot hear. Playing a track using the app will adjust the music according to the results of the test. It can even keep up with people who can hear better in one ear compared to the other. In addition, the app is guaranteed to be always free, the report explained.

Right now, the SoundFocus team is working to come up with a hardware that has the same ability with its app. Doing so will make the functionality available to other music source aside from the iPhone, TechCrunch reported.

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