Introducing InnerScopes In-Store Quick Self-Check Hearing-Screening Kiosk, and Online Hearing-Screening Check
The in-store Quick Self-Check Hearing Screening Kiosk (the "Hearing Kiosk") broadens awareness among a wide cross-section of the public about the importance of maintaining hearing health. Giving the public FREE and Easy access to quickly self-check their hearing helps them establish a baseline and understanding of their hearing profile to make an informed decision about their hearing health and/or treatment options, preferably sooner than later. In addition, the Hearing Kiosk provides information and recommendations (if hearing loss is detected) about Direct-to-Consumer FDA-Registered Hearing Aid Devices and/or Personal Sound Amplifiers Products (PSAPs) offered by InnerScope Hearing Technologies. InnerScope Hearing Technologies ("InnerScope") is a provider of FDA registered Over-the-Counter (OTC) hearing aid products, assistive hearing devices, and hearing health-related products and services ("Hearing Products").
The Hearing Kiosk provides an end-to-end hearing solution for customers. Once the customer completes the Quick Hearing Check test, the customer (if warranted by the test results) will be directed to purchase Hearing Products either online or at the retailers' store where the Hearing Kiosk is located.
The Hearing Kiosk offers a Quick (approx. 3 minutes), Accurate, FREE, and EASY way to regularly self-check one's hearing and provides important hearing health education and hearing loss awareness. In addition, InnerScope provides for the retailer location customer brochures and bi-monthly reporting services of data collected per user for each Hearing Kiosk.
The Hearing Kiosk is very similar to the Online Hearing check offered here at iHEARdirect.com which makes it now very convenient to test your hearing often and detect a loss as early as possible.
Quick Hearing Check Screening Kiosk
“Hearing Triage” AI Software
The Quick Check Hearing Screening Kiosk software is the world’s only fully computerized audiometric technician capable of doing pure tone testing (in less than 3 to 5 minutes) and classifying audiograms for determining types of hearing using pattern and level recognition. Automating this process of hearing screening assessments, which we call “Hearing Triage,” uses embedded artificial intelligence (“AI”) and pattern recognition software to interpret the test results by both pattern and level. This pattern recognition makes “Hearing Triage” possible, which allows the software to quickly prompt customers for effective early treatment (if needed) and any follow-up action needed for hearing healthcare professional involvement.
The Hearing Triage AI Software enables users to test themselves using a friendly touch screen. Its hearing screening assessment and reporting protocols employ a cloud-based database with an interactive backend portal. When placed in pharmacies, each system applies a triage approach to those tested by indicating an industry-standard type of hearing classification, which the test results fall into “Normal,” “Conductive,” “Mixed,” or “Sensorineural.” These (types) of hearing classifications are generated using an advanced artificial intelligence (“AI”) methodology that accounts for both hearing patterns and level recognition. Recommendations and calls for action are then made about what next steps. A comprehensive range of educational and marketing materials about hearing loss, InnerScope’s brand of OTC hearing aids, and assorted hearing products are also provided.
The Hearing Triage AI Software Generates a Personalized “Hearing Profile”
Once the user completes the test, the Hearing Triage AI Software quickly calculates the test results and instantly creates a personalized “Hearing Profile” on a report showing the type of hearing classification results for each ear and percentages (degree) of hearing loss in the seven pure tone frequencies tested as well as displayed on an industry-standard audiogram, which indicates the hearing range or degree of hearing loss as “Normal,” “Mild,” “Moderate,” “Moderately-Severe,” or “Profound.” Upon users’ request, the “Hearing Profile” report is emailed to the users’ email. The Quick Hearing Check Screening Kiosk enables consumers to pursue their hearing health through easy-to-use and inviting technology actively.
InnerScope Hearing Technologies is committed to increasing awareness and educating consumers about the importance of their hearing health. Unfortunately, most people don’t fully comprehend the consequences of all the related health issues due to untreated hearing loss, including cognitive decline and the increased risk of dementia. On average, a person waits 7-10 years before seeking treatment once a hearing problem is recognized, which is simply unacceptable. InnerScope’s Quick Hearing Check Screening Kiosk is designed to create consumer awareness about hearing health and encourage action to take the next step in early treatment for their hearing issues.
Untreated Hearing Loss – A Ever-Growing Global Hearing Health Crisis
Hearing loss represents one of the greatest unresolved health challenges worldwide. In the United States and Canada, at least 70 million people of all ages (predominantly over 40) are afflicted yet remain untreated. In the United States alone, hearing loss is the 3rd most common health condition following heart disease and arthritis. However, hearing loss being one of the most common health issues in the world, it is also one of the most treatable.
The majority are unaware of the causes (there are many, including several prevalent disease states, noise exposure, aging, widely used ototoxic medications) or risks of their chronic condition – compromises to lifestyle, concerns about safety, and in some cases, a significant contributor to medical disorders. For example, adults with untreated hearing loss experience a 30-40% faster decline in cognitive abilities and are up to 5 times more likely to develop dementia.
With the lack of hearing healthcare education and awareness of the overall health and cognitive consequences of living with untreated hearing loss, the hearing industry has yet to develop effective ways of engaging and educating the largest part of the target segment. Unfortunately, the result of the current hearing healthcare delivery system has left millions of people with hearing problems untreated or undetected, mainly due high cost of hearing aids/services and lack of accessibility to hearing screenings and hearing aid products. In addition, those who ultimately seek a hearing treatment (less than 20%) usually take 7-10 years to do so - too late usually for preventative or cost-effective rehabilitative strategies to take hold.