It all started with my father watching TV at a very high volume. He had hearing aids, a surround sound system and still could not hear the TV the way he wanted. One day while sitting in his chair, he held his hands up near his ears and said, "I wish I just had small little speakers right here on my chair."
I looked to see what was on the market that would meet his needs. We tried TV Ears, headphones and other products. We found nothing worked the way he wanted. So we started looking at what it would take to develop this product. After years of working on getting the design working and dozens of prototypes, we began KARE, LLC.
We decided to establish KARE in memory of the late Kenneth and Audrey Root, the two most influential people in the founders' life. Our family has suffered genetically from hearing issues for multiple generations. We cannot hear properly, especially when there is so much sound everywhere. We cannot identify the words. As a family, we feel pretty detached in public as we cannot hear whatever is happening. To diminish the impacts of hearing issues on people, we started this company.
KARE, LLC was a company formed in the memory of the late Kenneth and Audrey Root. The E was added to give the company name an identifiable meaning, KARE.
Our family has the genetics for hearing loss, from my grandmother Audrey Root to my father, Rodney Root, his brother Brad Root, to myself, Philip Root; hearing loss is a real issue in our family.
When Rodney was having issues hearing the TV, Brad owning a Tandy electronics store, offered several solutions to make watching the TV more enjoyable. After trying several solutions, each had a trade-off that did not seem to meet Rodney's needs. Headphones were the best solution for personal hearing but made him feel isolated from the family. We started on a quest to create a system to overcome the drawbacks in the individual audio market.
We formed KARE in remembrance of Kenneth and Audrey Root and the strong family values they have bestowed on us.