Manufacturer News: The Hearing Journal
COMBINE LOAN TEAMS WITH EARGO TO EXTEND FUNDING OFFERS
Ally Lending has partnered with Eargo to expand Ally’s audiology funding offerings and give more people access to Eargo hearing aids. This new alignment builds on Ally’s business-to-business-to-consumer lending performance, which includes 75% year-over-year lending growth in 2020.
The Ally Lending program offers Eargo customers an easy-to-use online application process, fast and simple pre-qualification with no credit impact, and low merchant rebate fee options with low monthly consumer payments. .
“The pandemic has challenged many Americans financially, forcing people to make tough decisions about their spending priorities. Those with urgent health problems must find ways to get affordable, life-changing care, ”said Hans Zandhuis, Director of Ally Lending. “By partnering with Eargo, we can make it easier to buy a device that improves the safety and quality of their daily lives. “
WIDEX MOMENT ™ RECEIVES THE DIGITAL TRENDS ‘TECH FOR CHANGE 2021’ AWARD
Widex Inc. received a Tech for Change award at CES 2021 for its WIDEX MOMENT ™ hearing aids, which were selected for being the first digital hearing aid to incorporate dual artificial intelligence engines to improve listening in real time. It also leverages ZeroDelay ™ technology to reduce standard sound delay from seven to 10 milliseconds to just 0.5 milliseconds, giving people with hearing loss the most natural hearing experience.
“Hearing aids have historically produced a tube-like ‘metallic’ sound due to the delay in digital sound processing; as a leader in natural sound, Widex couldn’t stand it, ”said Søren Hvidberg Nielsen, President of Widex US. “Our engineers have worked tirelessly for five years to overcome this technical challenge, and with our revolutionary WIDEX MOMENT hearing aids, we have now succeeded.
“These smart devices go far beyond simply improving the perception of speech, providing wearers with a realistic sound experience that has been elusive until now,” Nielsen continued.
WIDEX MOMENT also incorporates SoundSense Learn, an AI-based technology, to customize hearing aid settings in two ways. First, it learns how users prefer to hear their surroundings by analyzing parameters and guiding them through a series of AB comparisons. Second, an advanced AI algorithm leverages millions of user parameters stored in the cloud to help personalize the listening experience.
HLAA-COCHLEAR SURVEY UNDERSTANDS IMPACT OF MASKS ON PEOPLE WITH HEARING LOSS
Ninety-five percent of people living with hearing loss in the United States say masks and face coverings impact their ability to communicate during the COVID-19 pandemic, which has also increased levels anxiety, social isolation and other mental health effects. That’s according to a new survey conducted by the Hearing Loss Association of America (HLAA) in partnership with Cochlear Limited.
The online survey of 1,399 participants aimed to learn about the impact of the pandemic on members of the hearing-impaired community, including people with hearing loss, their loved ones and their hearing healthcare professionals. The main findings include:
70% of people with hearing loss say they are more aware of their hearing loss due to the pandemic, and 47% say they are more eager to explore solutions for hearing loss due to the pandemic.
- 46% note that their hearing loss has influenced other aspects of their mental health since the start of the pandemic
- 95 percent of the hearing-impaired community say masks / blankets have created communication barriers since the start of the pandemic.
- 68% of people with hearing loss increased their use of technology during the pandemic to communicate with others.
- 68% say the increased use of pandemic-related technology has made them more aware of their hearing loss.
- 51% of people with hearing loss say their hearing care provider offers remote care options, and 36% say they have used or considered using remote care options during the pandemic.
MIRACLE-EAR OFFERS FREE HEARING TESTS
Miracle-Ear offers free hearing tests with a licensed hearing care provider at all of its 1,500 locations across the United States.
“Hearing tests are important because untreated hearing loss can lead to more serious health problems such as dementia, social isolation and depression,” says Dr Thomas Tedeschi, director of audiology at Amplifon Americas. “These exams not only help identify potential problems before they start, but they can also lead to successful treatment and care for people with confirmed hearing loss.”
With the well-being of customers and employees in mind, Miracle-Ear has implemented strict safety protocols for free hearing exams. This includes preselecting all appointments, practicing social distancing in the store, and spacing out appointments to ensure enough time to clean and sanitize. Schedule a free hearing assessment at http://www.miracle-ear.com.