SAN LEANDRO, CALIFORNIA — iHEAR® Medical announced today the launch of the Free @Home iHEARtest™ campaign, offering consumers the ability to test their hearing for free at home with the company’s FDA approved home hearing screener.
The iHEARtest™ is said to rapidly profile hearing ability based on guidelines by the World Health Organization (WHO). The new campaign targets adults who suspect hearing loss, particularly those unable or reluctant to visit a clinical setting during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
“The Free @Home test addresses compromised hearing care during the unfolding COVID-19 pandemic”
–Adnan Shennib, Founder and CEO of iHEAR Medical
The products developed by iHEAR® are intended for direct-to-consumer markets and to “remove persistent barriers preventing millions of Americans from accessing affordable hearing solutions”. The iHEARtest™ kit includes factory calibrated earphones to ensure accuracy of test results.
Home Hearing Screener
The Free @Home iHEARtest™ can be ordered online or by phone for delivery directly to the customer’s home. Customers pay $9 to cover the cost of two-way shipping and handling, and have 30 days to take the iHEARtest™ and return it using the provided pre-paid return label and packaging.
According to the company’s press release: “Other hearing aid manufacturers offer unregulated online and mobile apps that rely on uncalibrated sound sources and headphones. These unapproved hearing tests are notoriously inaccurate and do not meet audiometric testing standards for hearing testing. The FDA has previously intervened to remove unapproved online hearing tests. The iHEARtest™ was approved by the FDA following years of clinical research demonstrating safety and accuracy. Additionally, clinical studies under the oversight of an independent Institutional Review Board (IRB) have shown the iHEARtest’s ease of self-use, accuracy and 96.4% agreement with standard practice audiometry for the assessment of normal versus disabling hearing impairment.”
About iHEAR® Medical
iHEAR® Medical is a venture-backed firm dedicated to addressing the global need for affordable and accessible hearing solutions. iHEAR® is leading the shift from outdated business models in clinical settings to direct-to-consumer (DTC) and over the counter (OTC) distribution models. iHEAR® products are available online and at major drugstore chains including CVS and Walgreens.