Hearing test developer asks Central Belt volunteers to ‘listen up’


Hearing Diagnostics, which is backed by Scottish investment syndicate Archangels, has developed a hearing test in which the patient wears headphones fitted with a motion sensor and turns their head in response to random, multi-directional sounds.

This test has proven to be more accurate than existing systems in pilot testing and is believed to be more resistant to tinnitus – ringing or buzzing – and background noise.

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Co-Founder and Managing Director Claudia Freigang said: “Now more than ever, we need an accessible, simple and reliable hearing test, and that is what we believe we have developed at Hearing Diagnostics.

Hearing Diagnostics co-founder and CEO Claudia Freigang (right) explains the hearing testing process to volunteer Susan Christie. Photo: Jamie Williamson

“Hearing loss, if left untreated, can have a debilitating impact on anyone’s life and we passionately believe that getting hearing care early can make living with hearing loss easier. to manage.

“That’s why we developed this system, which is more robust and, in our opinion, more accurate than existing hearing tests. It does not require an audiologist to perform the test and can be performed outside of hospitals without the need for a soundproof booth.

“Every volunteer who comes forward to lend a ear will make a significant contribution to making the diagnosis of hearing loss easier and more accessible for everyone else. »

The volunteers, who will not be paid, must be able to attend testing sessions in central Glasgow or Edinburgh during the months of February, March or April and be between the ages of 25 and 75.

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