Online Hearing Care launches ground-breaking home audiology service for millions of people in the UK affected by hearing loss
CAMBRIDGE, England, April 8, 2021 /PRNewswire/ -- Online Hearing Care has developed new technology to provide hearing tests, hearing aids and ongoing remote support to millions of people suffering from hearing loss, all within the comfort of their own homes. This radically new service model has been developed with the backing of an advisory board of internationally recognised audiology and digital healthcare specialists.
Online Hearing Care's innovative Home Hearing Kit allows audiologists to remotely assess a client's hearing to clinic standards. Clients are provided with all the diagnostic equipment that audiologists would use in clinic, with their hearing tested via accurately calibrated headphones and an otoscopic examination of the ear canal and ear drum.
Current online hearing tests using standard headphones and earbuds can determine whether a patient has hearing loss and indicate the severity of the loss, but Online Hearing Care is currently the only hearing care provider in the world to go the extra step and offer a full home examination to deliver a complete audiogram and ear canal assessment. This allows audiologists to remotely programme the hearing aids with pin-point accuracy for each patient and to identify and refer any other conditions onto the patient's GP.
In addition, patients receive full ongoing support by connecting with audiologists via virtual appointments and their hearing aids can be remotely adjusted anywhere in the world.
Professor Shafi Ahmed, Consultant Surgeon, Royal London Hospital, is a pioneer in digital healthcare solutions and expert Advisory Board Member to Online Hearing Care.
Professor Ahmed said: "It's very exciting to see this technology being made available to patients in their own homes, replicating as far as possible a full audiology exam in the patient's home. The last year has seen a real step change in acceptance of remote health assessment and provision, by both professionals and patients, a trend that we see continuing post Covid. Treating hearing loss is at the forefront of this trend and patients' quality of life can be dramatically and quickly improved with accurate assessment and treatment."