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Oct 4, 2018 -- iHEAR LAUNCHES FDA-CLEARED HOME KIT

PUBLISHED OCT 2018 – The Hearing Journal

iHEAR LAUNCHES FDA-CLEARED HOME KIT

iHEAR Medical has introduced the first FDA-cleared home hearing assessment kit, the iHEARtest, that consumers can use to screen and monitor their own hearing health. The iHEARtest is a six-minute assessment that scores your Hearing Number in each ear on a scale from 1 to 5 (profound hearing loss to good hearing) based on World Health Organization Guidelines. While the test is underway, the iHEARtest actively monitors room noise to ensure accuracy and is paused when noise level interferes. It comes with calibrated earphones that performs automatic calibration checks to ensure continuous accuracy. It also includes a proprietary USB device that connects to a personal computer and the earphones. Using secure online access to a HIPAA-compliant server, the user can review his results at any time. The iHEARtest includes five credits for up to five users or one user for multiple annual screenings, and additional single credits are available for purchase. This home hearing assessment kit is available over-the-counter at $69 on select online retailers, including CVS.com, FSAStore.com, and Walmart.com, as well as independently owned pharmacies and national drugstore chains.

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Oct 3, 2018 -- What to know about hearing loss

Hearing loss or damaged hearing is common, but little research has been done to see how it affects the Latino community in the United States. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) published a study in May, 2015 detailing how hearing loss effects Latinos. The NIH found that Puerto Ricans have the highest rate of hearing loss, and Mexican-Americans have the lowest rate.

Hearing loss can be inherited from family members, but the most common cause is aging. It is believed that people’s hearing decreases with age due to a lifetime of exposure to noise, and it effects 360 million people in the world, according to the World Health Organization.

The NIH studied communities in New York, Chicago, Miami and San Diego to see how Latinos are affected by hearing loss. Over 16,000 Latinos were surveyed, and participants were diverse, coming from backgrounds of Cuban, Mexican, Puerto Rican and Dominican descent. The NIH examined people ages 18 to 74 years for the study.

The study concluded that hearing loss is common in older Latino communities, but other factors besides noise exposure contribute to the problem. The NIH found that socioeconomic factors and lack of education led to hearing loss in Latino communities.

“Hearing loss is far more than a nuisance. It can affect almost all aspects of life, often impacting a person’s overall enjoyment and quality of life, academic and career status and success, mental health, and aspects of physical health. Ignoring concerns about hearing can come with costs far greater than the price of treatment,” Gail J. Richard, President of the American Speech-Language-Hearing Association said in a release.

The World Health Organization believes that not addressing hearing loss causes a loss of $750 worldwide. The estimation accounts for factors like loss of productivity and societal costs. The organization believes that education and accommodating the needs of people with hearing loss will drop unemployment rates.

Hearing loss can completely affect one’s life, but half of all hearing loss scenarios can be prevented. Simple things like getting immunized for diseases like measles and mumps can help drop the risk of hearing loss. Other things like avoiding loud noises and not smoking also prove effective against fighting hearing loss.

“Once you lose your hearing it won’t come back. Taking simple preventive actions will allow people to continue to enjoy themselves without putting their hearing at risk,” Etienne Krug, World Health Organization Director for the Department for Management of Noncommunicable Diseases, Disability, Violence and Injury Prevention said in a release.

Last month, iHEAR Medical announced that the Food and Drug Administration approved of its home-hearing assessment kit. The kit was designed to give people an affordable and accessible hearing screening kit.

“The future of screening diagnostics is being driven by consumers who want to take many routine assessments in the privacy of their home. Its now recommended that adults the age of 40 years old screen their hearing annually,” John Luna, CEO of iHEAR Medical said.

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August 30, 2018 -- iHEAR® Medical, first to create FDA-cleared home hearing assessment kit, a breakthrough for home diagnostics

The FDA-cleared iHEARtest™ gives consumers control of their hearing health in the convenience and privacy of their own home, with affordable and innovative technology.

(San Leandro, CA) The availability of, and demand for, at-home diagnostic products is on the rise – the market for point-of-care diagnostics is projected to reach $37 billion by the end of 2021. Consumers are seeking options to assess their own health through affordable, technologically advanced yet simple to use self-monitoring solutions. The first Food and Drug Administration-cleared home hearing assessment kit, called the iHEARtest™, has been introduced by iHEAR® Medical to give consumers control of their own hearing health.

The Center for Hearing and Communication reports that 48 million Americans have a significant hearing loss, yet only 16% of physicians routinely screen for hearing loss. For the first time, consumers now have FDA-cleared technology allowing them to screen and monitor their own hearing from the convenience and privacy of their home. Consumers can take the 6 minute iHEARtest™ assessment and immediately learn what their Hearing Number™ is on a scale from 1 to 5 (from profound hearing loss to good hearing in each ear).

Hearing loss is on the rise. From 2000 to 2015, the number of Americans with hearing loss has doubled, according to the Hearing Health Foundation. Hearing loss may result from genetic causes, complications at birth, certain infectious diseases, chronic ear infections, exposure to excessive noise, and aging. The American Speech-Language Hearing Association recommends adults have their hearing checked at least once every 10 years up to the age of 50, then every three years.

“Millions of Americans suffer from a reduced quality of life due to their hearing loss. Our vision was to develop technology that empowers and informs consumers who want to monitor their own wellbeing. People with hearing loss can definitely benefit from early identification,” said John Luna, CEO of iHEAR® Medical, Inc. “The future of screening diagnostics is being driven by consumers who want to take many routine assessments in the privacy and convenience of their home. With the iHEARtest we’re making it possible for more people to incorporate hearing health into their wellness routine.”

iHEAR® Medical has made the iHEARtest™ accessible and available over-the-counter at independently owned pharmacies, national drugstore chains, and now online (including CVS.com, FSAStore.com and Walmart.com.) The iHEARtest™ kit includes a proprietary USB device that connects to a personal computer and factory-calibrated earphones. The user downloads the screening software and follows the instructions to administer the iHEARtest™. Using secure online access to a HIPAA-compliant server, the user can review their results at any time.

For more information on iHEAR® Medical, visit: www.ihearmedical.com

About iHEAR® Medical

What’s your hearing number?The future of better hearing technology has arrived with iHEAR® Medical. Dedicated to affordable and accessible hearing solutions, featuring state-of-the-art technology with an intuitive and elegant design, iHEAR® Medical has a list of firsts. Founded in 2010, iHEAR® Medical continues to shape the future of hearing solutions with the first FDA-cleared over-the-counter iHEARtesthome screener, and its hearing aid solutions, iHEARhd®, iHEARmax™, Eva™ by iHEAR®, and the personal sound amplification product TReOTM by iHEAR® 3-in-1 Amplifier. iHEAR® holds more than 50 U.S. and international patents for its products and services.

August 28, 2018 -- Denver ABC 7 Interviews John Luna, CEO About Hearing Loss and the iHEARtest

July 18, 2018 -- New hearing test to be available over-the-counter

New hearing test to be available over-the-counter

First-ever FDA-cleared test to be sold at drugstores and pharmacies nationwide

By Tara Evans – Executive Producer
Posted: 6:00 AM, July 18, 2018 – Updated: 11:31 AM, July 23, 2018

ORLANDO, Fla. – Approximately 48 million Americans report some degree of hearing loss, with less than 20 percent of them actually getting the help they need.

Numbers show that hearing loss is the third-most common physical condition, behind arthritis and heart disease, affecting people of all ages.

John Luna, the CEO of iHearMedical, joins News 6 at Nine to talk about the new at-home hearing test the company has developed that will be available nationwide this month.

Q&A with John Luna about iHearTest

What is it?

iHearTest is the only FDA-cleared home screener available direct to consumers for home use. For the first time ever, the public will be able to walk into their local independently owned pharmacy and purchase the iHearTest that they can use at home to evaluate their hearing. Having the Food and Drug Administration clearance means consumers are protected knowing the FDA has approved the efficacy and safety of how this home screener checks hearing and determines indications of benefit from the use of a hearing aid based on the Hearing Number.

Why is it important for consumers to be able to monitor their own hearing at home?

iHEAR Medical is dedicated to affordable and accessible hearing solutions, featuring superior sound quality and innovative online tools. Our self-administered hearing screener iHearTest is an integral part of the future of better, more accessible hearing products. Your own iHearTest results can be used to program your iHEAR hearing aids and amplifiers immediately, ensuring a direct and successful result.

The iHearTest is an answer for, and a boon to, the millions of people who normally wait until age 70 to treat their hearing loss by wearing hearing aids.

Who should be interested in assessing their own hearing loss?

Our goal is to bring high-quality hearing amplification to the millions of Americans who may have hesitated in the past due to cost or general uncertainty about making sure they are getting what they need.  The statistics are staggering for those in need: Of adults aged 20-69 who could benefit, only 16 percent have tried hearing devices, and very likely even less have had their hearing tested in many years, or decades.  In fact, the average delay between the time someone is affected by hearing loss to when they finally seek treatment is seven years. It’s recommended that adults over 40 years old monitor and screen their hearing annually.

How does it work?

Consumers can purchase the iHearTest home hearing screener, bring it home and follow the simple instructions to evaluate their own hearing in each ear.  The screening takes about 5 to 6 minutes. The results are comprehensive but easy to understand, with a simple 1 through 5 scoring system, from profound hearing loss (1) to good hearing in each ear (5).  People will finally know the answer to: What’s My Hearing Number?

For a video on how to use the test, click here.

For more information on how to purchase a test and to see a hearing questionnaire, click here.

Read more from News 6 at ClickOrlando.com.

July 18th, 2018 -- John Luna, CEO interview with WKMG Orlando

Mar 14, 2017 -- Do-it-yourself hearing test company offers affordable hearing aid

by: Clark Howard Updated: 

ATLANTA – According to the CDC, hearing loss is the third-most chronic health condition in the United States.

Channel 2 Consumer Advisor Clark Howard says despite being so common, hearing aids are rarely covered by insurance.

Michael Rosenberg said he started noticing a problem hearing years ago.

“I can hear people talk, but the speech is not sharp enough for me,” he said “The audiologist said for some reason you lost 30 percent of your high frequencies.”

Rosenberg shopped around for hearing aids and found most hearing aids were priced just over $2,000 per ear.

“The cheapest one that I could find at Sam’s or Costco were about $635 apiece,” he said

Then Rosenberg heard Clark talk about iHear Medical, an FDA approved, do-it-yourself, home hearing test and hearing aid company.

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Jan 6, 2017 -- I Hear You

By: Rick Weinberg

Jan 6, 2017

CALIFORNIA BUSINESS JOURNAL

Adnan Shennib has shaken the hearing-aid industry to its core by developing a revolutionary hearing process and device that lowers costs by a staggering 90 percent.

Greed is evident virtually everywhere you turn these days.

But don’t put Adnan Shennib in that category.

Shennib has devoted his entire professional life – more than two and a half decades — to helping people with hearing impairments. Not only did he develop Lyric, the world’s smallest hearing aid, but now he’s changed the entire landscape and direction of the industry by lowering hearing-aid costs by a staggering 90 percent – from $3,000 all the way down to $300 – with his company, iHEAR.

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Oct 28, 2016 -- The quest for cheaper hearing aids

By: Victoria Colliver

Oct 28, 2016

SF Chronicle

The quest for cheaper hearing aids

Corinne Cole displays the iHEAR device she now uses at her home on Tuesday October 25, 2016, at her home in Moraga, California. iHEAR, is a San Leandro company that offers a $300 FDA-approved hearing aid, they raised $300,000 from a crowd funding campaign and are seeking investment money. Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Photo: Michael Macor, The Chronicle

Corinne Cole displays the iHEAR device she now uses at her home on Tuesday October 25, 2016, at her home in Moraga, California. iHEAR, is a San Leandro company that offers a $300 FDA-approved hearing aid, they raised $300,000 from a crowd funding campaign and are seeking investment money.

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Sep 10, 2015 -- iHear Medical and AIER Partner to Distribute Web-Enabled Hearing Aids in China

By: iData Research

Sep 10, 2015

iData Research

iHear Medical and AIER Partner to Distribute Web-Enabled Hearing Aids in China

Hear Medical announced its plans to introduce advanced web-enabled hearing aids for the China market by partnering with Beijing-based AIER, China’s largest dedicated hearing solution provider. READ MORE from iData Research >

Nov 24, 2014 -- iHear Medical Expands C Round to $5M

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VC News Daily

iHear Medical Expands C Round to $5M

iHear Medical, Inc. announced today the expansion of its third round of financing to $5M. The participants in this round included Brother Industries (Japan) and Ameritas Holding Company. The C-round was led earlier by Lighthouse Capital, a Shanghai-based venture capital firm with a focus on early stage investments in medical devices and IT. READ MORE from VC News Daily >

Nov 24, 2014 -- Affordable Hearing Aid Maker iHear Raises $5M Series C

Nov 24, 2014

BY CATHERINE SHU

TechCrunch

Affordable Hearing Aid Maker iHear Raises $5M Series C

iHear Medical, which makes affordable hearing aids that users can customize at home, has raised $5 million in a Series C round led by Lighthouse Capital, a Shanghai-based venture capital firm that focuses on medical devices. Japanese electronics maker Brother Industries and Ameritas Holding Company also participated. READ MORE FROM TechCrunch >

Apr 7, 2014 -- The iHEAR in Ear Hearing Device

Apr 7, 2014

By:Thomas C. Weiss

The iHEAR in Ear Hearing Device

Unfortunately, the iHEAR HD is not meant for use by everyone. The hearing device is not meant for use by people who experience severe or profound hearing loss. The benefits of the hearing device are exceptional however. For example; you can adjust your own hearing aids from home using online tools. The new approach gives people an invisible, high-quality in-the-ear hearing device at a far lower cost than prescribed hearing aids.

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Mar 29, 2014 -- New iHear Hearing Aids Have Audiologists Anxious

Posted Mar 29, 2014

There’s a new home testing device that has audiologists concerned. It’s called the IHearTest, an at-home testing unit that comes along with the iHear hearing aid and could transform hearing tests into a digital do-it-anywhere process.

The patented iHear device is the size and weight of a kidney bean. It’s claimed to be the first affordable invisible hearing aid. According to their campaign homepage, “the iHearHD device is 100% digital technology and programmable for a broad range of hearing loss types including flat, reverse slopes, high frequency, mild, moderate to moderately-severe losses.” Millions of people across the globe are able to benefit from the device, including many who avoided traditional hearing aids because of cost or bulkiness.READ MORE FROM INQUISITR >

Mar 28, 2014 -- iHear Medical Proposes a DIY Solution to Make Customized Hearing Aids More Affordable


BY DEANNA POGORELC

MedCity News

iHear Medical proposes a DIY solution to make customized hearing aids more affordable

In a bid to make customized hearing aids more accessible and less expensive to people who have a hard time hearing,iHear Medicaliscutting the Audiologist out of the equation.

The medical device startup is making mail-order hearing aids that consumers can fine-tune at home using an accompanying hearing test kit. Inside the test kit is a tool kit, USB cord and computer software.

The devices are about the size and weight of a kidney bean and fit inside the ear in a way that they are nearly invisible, iHear says. Users customize the fit using a seal tip that comes in four different sizes and calibrate the devices using the software. They’re designed to last for about 18 months, if users take them out before bed. READ MORE FROM MedCity News >

Mar 25, 2014 -- Can You Hear Me? Affordable Hearing Aid Launches From iHear Medical

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MAR 25, 2014

BY TJ McCUE

Forbes.com

Can You Hear Me? Affordable Hearing Aid Launches From iHear Medical

According to the WorldHealthOrganization (WHO), 360 million people worldwide have a disabling hearing loss. Added to that, current production of hearing aids meets less than 10% of the global need. It can be argued that the production is low simply due to the affordability of these devices. iHear Medical, based in San Leandro, California, is out to change that with the world’s first web-enabled hearing aid system. READ MORE FROM FORBES >

Mar 24, 2014 -- iHear Hearing Aid can Be Calibrated Over the Internet to Keep Costs Low

MAR 24, 2014

BY NICK LAVARS

Gizmag

iHear Hearing Aid can Be Calibrated Over the Internet to Keep Costs Low

According to the Hearing Loss Association of America, 48 million Americans (around 20 percent of the population) report some degree of hearing loss. This problem is compounded by the costs associated with having the condition diagnosed and a hearing aid fitted in a clinic, causing many to allow the ailment to go untreated. iHear, an invisible hearing aid, is designed to significantly lower the cost of personalized hearing devices by enabling the user to test the extent of their condition and calibrate the hearing aid from their own home. READ MORE FROM Gizmag >

Mar 21, 2014 -- iHear Medical, Offering an Affordable Hearing Solution for Less than $1 a day

MAR 21, 2014 ERIC DYE WITH GUEST, ADNAN SHENNIB PODCAST

iHear Medical, Offering an Affordable Hearing Solution for Less than $1 a day

  • Listen to interview with host Eric Dye & guestAdnan Shennib discuss the following:
  • Can you tell our listeners a little about your background and career?
  • How did you come up with the idea of iHear Medical and when did you start the company?
  • Can you talk about the Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign and why it’s so unique?
  • How can people contribute to the crowdfunding campaign?
  • Are their new products that iHear is currently developing?

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST FROM Entrepreneur Podcast Network >

Feb 24, 2014 -- Will iHear Medical’s $200 Programmable Hearing Aid Disrupt The Hearing Industry?

FEBRUARY 24, 2014

BYDAVID COPITHORNE

Hearing Mojo

Will iHear Medical’s $200 Programmable Hearing Aid Disrupt The Hearing Industry?

A California startup company,iHear Medical Inc., is promising to break the $200 price barrier for programmable hearing aids with its new, invisible iHear HD hearing device. The early-bird $199 price includes not only the new digital hearing aid, but also an iHear Test kit that enables customers to self-administer hearing tests and program the hearing aids to their personal hearing profiles. READ MORE FROM Hearing Mojo >

Nov 27, 2013 -- iHear Medical Announces Plans for Product Introduction and Humanitarian Initiative

PUBLISHED NOV 27, 2013 The Hearing Review

iHear Medical Announces Plans for Product Introduction and Humanitarian Initiative

iHear Medical, San Leandro, Calif, has announced its plans to introduce what it calls the world’s first web-enabled hearing aid system, targeting tech-savvy consumers seeking alternatives to higher-priced conventional hearing aids.

The announcement was made on November 7 at the China Medtech Partnering (CMP-2013) Conference being held in Suzhou, China. The technology developed by iHear Medical—a company founded by long-time hearing industry inventor Adnan Shennib—seeks to offer advanced hearing solutions at a fraction of the cost of available hearing aids, and in smaller form-factors for invisible wear, according to the company.

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