Tuned raises $3.2 mllion

Hearing health startup Tuned has closed a $3.2 million seed extension round led by Unum Group, with participation from Distributed Ventures. Tuned’s latest round brings its total funds raised to $8.2 million.

Founded in 2020, Tuned allows companies to customize a hearing benefit that provides employees with holistic hearing health care, as well as access to products that support hearing health. The solution is currently available to more than 1.4 million people.

“Tuned’s groundbreaking approach to hearing health is shaping a future where preventive hearing care is not just an afterthought, but a cornerstone of comprehensive employee health and wellness benefits. Tuned is helping to eliminate the misconceptions and stigma surrounding hearing loss while offering an easy way for employees and their families to safeguard their hearing health.” – James Hettenbach, Vice President, Head of Business Ventures at Unum Group.

“At a time when headphones have become commonplace as a tool for both leisure and business, increasing the risk of hearing loss, Tuned represents a proactive way for employers to simultaneously protect their employees’ well-being and distinguish themselves in the all-important battle for talent. We believe Tuned is smart, nimble and well-positioned to serve an under-recognized market.” – Shawn Ellis, Managing Partner for Distributed Ventures.

“The only other options for hearing coverage today are discounted hearing aid programs, which cater only to those with severe hearing issues. Tuned is different because we offer preventive screenings and education while also identifying and supporting the full spectrum of hearing loss, such as mild or moderate loss, and other auditory disorders. By addressing a critically overlooked part of our health, we can ensure millions of employees preserve their hearing health and prevent further loss, while positively impacting their overall health, well-being and productivity.” – Danny Aronson, CEO and co-founder of Tuned.