ORLANDO, Florida – About 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss, with less than 20 percent of them actually getting the help they need.
Figures show that hearing loss is the third most common physical condition, behind arthritis and heart disease, affecting people of all ages.
John Luna, CEO of iHearMedical, joins News 6 at Nine to talk about the new home hearing test developed by the company and which will be available nationwide this month.
Q&A with John Luna on iHearTest
What is that?
iHearTest is the only FDA approved home tester available direct to consumers for home use. For the first time ever, the public will be able to visit their local independent pharmacy and purchase the iHearTest which they can use at home to assess their hearing. Having clearance from the Food and Drug Administration means consumers are protected knowing that the FDA has approved the efficacy and safety of how this home screening device checks hearing and determines indications. benefit from the use of a hearing aid based on the Hearing Number.
Why is it important for consumers to be able to monitor their own hearing at home?
iHEAR Medical is dedicated to affordable and accessible hearing solutions, delivering superior sound quality and innovative online tools. Our iHearTest self-administered hearing tester is an integral part of the future of better, more accessible hearing products. Your own iHearTest results can be used to immediately program your iHEAR hearing aids and amplifiers, ensuring a direct and successful result.
The iHearTest is an answer and a boon for the millions of people who normally wait up to 70 years to treat their hearing loss while wearing hearing aids.
Who should be interested in assessing their own hearing loss?
Our goal is to bring high quality hearing amplification to the millions of Americans who may have hesitated in the past due to cost or general uncertainty about being assured they are getting what they need. . The statistics are staggering for those in need: Among adults aged 20-69 who could benefit from them, only 16% have tried hearing aids, and quite possibly even fewer have had their hearing tested for many years, if not decades. In fact, the average time between when a person is affected by hearing loss and when they finally seek treatment is seven years. It is recommended that adults over 40 years of age monitor and test their hearing annually.
How it works?
Consumers can purchase the iHearTest home hearing tester, take it home, and follow the simple instructions to test their own hearing in each ear. The projection lasts about 5 to 6 minutes. The results are comprehensive yet easy to understand, with a simple 1-5 scoring system ranging from profound hearing loss (1) to good hearing in each ear (5). People will finally know the answer to: What is my hearing number?
For a video on how to use the test, click here.
For more information on purchasing a test and to view a hearing questionnaire, click here.
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