Hearing testing isn’t accessible enough, but the problem is solvable.
80% of adults with symptoms fail to seek help for otherwise treatable hearing loss. Many delay treatment until their hearing loss has progressed to a point where communication is difficult or even impossible. The reasons that an individual might delay diagnosis – or even treatment – are varied: in some cases, a person may want to avoid the stigma associated with hearing loss. In fact, this has been cited as a primary reason that someone struggling to hear may fail to take action.
But while it’s critical that healthcare professionals and providers work to overcome the stigmas associated with hearing loss and hearing loss treatment (like hearing aids), the reality is that there is another issue that’s not only preventing people from seeking medical help for hearing loss in the first place, it’s also getting in the way of those who actually decide to take the first step and get their hearing tested.
To put it simply: the current approach to hearing testing just isn’t accessible enough.
Historically, hearing testing hasn’t been convenient, affordable, or otherwise easy to obtain. It generally requires the use of bulky or complex testing equipment that can only be operated by a trained audiologist in a hospital or similar setting. And in many cases, a patient must wait for a hearing test for weeks, after being referred by a primary care doctor. As a result, hearing testing can be costly and complicated, and many people who need it simply can’t or won’t access it.
Fortunately, this is a problem that’s easily solved. And solving it creates opportunities for the provision of diagnostic care and treatment that have historically been trapped by cost, bureaucracy, and general inaccessibility.
How AUDIMETROID creates opportunities for care
AUDIMETROID helps to eliminate the hurdles typically encountered by patients in need of diagnostic attention for hearing loss, and instantly creates exponentially more opportunities for the provision of care in your community.
AUDIMETROID is revolutionary hearing testing technology: It’s the world’s first purpose-built, accurate hearing testing technology for community-based healthcare
Unlike traditional hearing testing technology which can be bulky and complicated to operate, AUDIMETROID is light-weight, wireless, and specifically designed for fast, easy adoption in community healthcare settings.
Plus, AUDIMETROID doesn’t have to be operated by a trained audiologist. Due to its accuracy and ease of use, a community healthcare provider can deploy AUDIMETROID safely and effectively, even without formal training in audiology.
And with its groundbreaking spatial testing paradigm, AUDIMETROID offers an incredibly reliable diagnostic method that means no one with hearing loss is ever missed in screening. And with zero delay between testing and results, you can pass along critical information to patients immediately, and make plans for treatment faster, directly following a diagnosis. This speed to insight enables healthcare providers to not only accelerate opportunities for diagnostic care in their communities, but to also open up avenues for the provision of critical treatment without unnecessary delays.
This model has proven to be an effective way of encouraging patients to take action and pursue treatment. And it’s known that prompt treatment—rendered soon after diagnosis—is critical to the success of treatment for most conditions, including hearing loss.
With AUDIMETROID, patients can avoid the delays and hassles associated with traditional hearing testing, like setting appointments, and waiting for referrals or test results. This means an exponential increase in opportunities for healthcare providers to actually provide diagnoses and treatment to members of their communities. And when this happens, the risks associated with undiagnosed hearing loss in our communities decrease, too. These include the increased isolation of residents, dementia, depression, falls, reduced career opportunities, and increased risk of hospitalisation.
In this way, offering access to easy and fast hearing testing does more than unlock opportunities for care, it facilitates healthier, more vibrant, more productive communities.
To learn more about the impact of community-focused hearing testing on your area, just reach out to a member of our team.