Smartphones - many of us have them, and everyone is familiar with them. While they have been part of our communication world for a number of years, they are rapidly becoming part of the new wave of consumer-driven healthcare. Smartphones as personal diagnostic tools have been identified as one of the many trends in the healthcare landscape.
Changes are coming to the healthcare landscape. People are becoming advocates for their own care, taking control of their healthcare like never before.
Because Individuals can now access a tremendous amount of information regarding medical issues, they are a more educated patient population that can
make better decisions regarding their own care. People can take more responsibility for their health and focus on their own wellness.
We recently received this news, and would like to add our voices to the chorus of those reminding the CDC that hearing loss should not be an invisible disability. Below is information circulated by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA), a consumer organization representing those dealing with hearing challenges.
Stavros Basseas and David Green decided to do something about the millions of people in the world who need hearing help but have limited funds and no access to services. Here in the US, we have an extensive network of medical and hearing health professionals to address the need for hearing aids plus hearing aid batteries are available at any corner pharmacy. This supply chain just doesn’t exist in emerging nations. But what they typically do have are cell phone towers and at least some access to cell phones. This was a good jumping off point to begin the project.
I had the honor of representing Sound World Solutions at the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) 2015 convention June25-June 28, 2015. This year, the convention was held in St. Louis, Missouri at the beautiful Doubletree Union Station hotel, a converted train station built in 1894 when public buildings were truly grand. Sound World Solutions participated with a booth on the exhibit floor where we displayed our product line and interacted with attendees. We attended the HLAA convention in Austin, Texas last year, so there was familiarity with our personal sound amplifiers, but the announcement of the Companion - our first FDA registered hearing aid - resulted in a significant increase in interest and conversation.
I recently saw a video on the Hearing Loss of American Association (HLAA) Facebook page about a smart young man named Ethan Manuell. Ethan is an 8th grade audiology patient who did a science project on extending the life of the tiny zinc oxide button cell batteries in his hearing aid. On one hand, I thought, good for you Ethan! But on the other hand, it struck me odd that someone so young would be using battery technology that is so old and expensive, requiring him to change the battery cells every few days. Why are hearing aid users stuck with using these tiny batteries? Why not have a hearing aid that can be charged as easily as the smartphone or a computer.
The Wall Street Journal recently published an article Pros and Cons of Inexpensive Hearing Aids Called PSAPs by Norm Cramption. The article featured a Q&A segment with Dr. Neil DiSarno, an audiologist and chief staff officer of audiology at the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association in Rockville, Md.
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