Olive Union

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Olive Union is a wearable tech company headquartered in Tokyo, Japan. [1][2] It develops, manufactures, and sells well-designed, functional, and affordable wearables for people with impaired hearing. [1][3] It was named a CES 2020 Innovation Honoree by the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) and Best Wearable for Best of CES 2020 by Engadget.

Olive Union launched its first product, the Olive Smar[3]t Ear at CES, Las Vegas in January 2020.[1][3]


Olive Union was founded in 2016 by Owen Song.[1][3] He launched the company to remove the stigma associated with impaired hearing.[1][3] Song was inspired by his uncle’s embarrassment and discomfort with hearing impairment.


Olive Union’s first product, the Olive Smart Ear is an affordable, wireless, and single-ear hearing amplifier that looks like a regular earbud.[3] [4] It uses patented hearing amplification technology to produce a clear and balanced sound. [3][4] It also has various pre-set modes that instantly adjust to different hearing environments.[3][4]

Olive Smart Ear can be paired with Android and iOS smartphones to amplify.[3][4] It comes with a rechargeable battery and a portable charging case.[3][4] As of June 2020, the device is priced at $299. [4][5]

It was awarded as the Best Wearable at the International CES 2020 “Best of CES Awards”.[4]


  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 "[INTERVIEW Smart hearing aid startup Olive Union aims for W10b sales with new device"] (in en). http://www.theinvestor.co.kr/view.php?ud=20191002000781. 
  2. "Olive hearing aids exceed Indiegogo crowdfunding target by 740%". 2016-12-22. https://www.venturesquare.net/world/olive-hearing-aids-exceed-crowdfunding-target-740-percent/. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 3.4 3.5 3.6 3.7 3.8 3.9 "Heading Toward Affordable Medical Technology with the Olive Next-Gen Hearing Aid" (in en). https://dornob.com/heading-toward-affordable-medical-technology-with-the-olive-next-gen-hearing-aid/. 
  4. 4.0 4.1 4.2 4.3 4.4 4.5 4.6 Medcalf, Laura (2017-03-29). "Olive: Next-Generation Hearing Aid" (in en-US). https://www.eastersealstech.com/2017/03/29/olive-next-generation-hearing-aid/. 
  5. Johnson, Dave. "Olive's futuristic hearing aid is 23% off for Father's Day" (in en). https://www.cnet.com/health/olives-futuristic-hearing-aid-is-23-off-for-fathers-day/.