• "With an Ultimate Kiosk Hearing Screening Solution we have seen a positive increase in the number of qualified appointments come through our clinic. This unit is a great addition to our marketing vehicles and potential patients seem very interested to try it."
    Michael Ioannidis, Hearing Solutions

The Hearing Health Awareness Program

– An Introduction for Hearing Health Service Partners

 
The Hearing Health Awareness Program (HHAP) represents a collaboration among health care professionals and organizations concerned about the rise of untreated hearing health problems among a wide cross section of the public. There are several reasons for this trend including lack of knowledge and access, the stigma associated when hearing loss is equated to “growing old” as well as the manner in which various providers have historically addressed the issue. 
 
Hearing is one of the key senses we all rely upon to communicate effectively and live well. It tends to decline with age (typically like one’s sight), noise exposure (endangering employees in certain workplaces and a growing number of younger people), several conditions (diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular issues to mention only a few) as well as a result of taking many commonplace medicines.  
 
In fact, those with untreated hearing loss represent the largest cohort of people in Canada and the United States with a chronic condition - estimates range as high as 70 million plus.  Many are individuals 40 and over who have mild or moderate losses. 

We usually track our vision, weight and blood pressure. Why not our hearing profile? Ignoring one’s condition can lead to safety and medical problems as well as social isolation – a factor responsible for significant compromises in lifestyle if not worse.

A touch screen kiosk, usually situated in the waiting room (family physician office), near the prescription desk (pharmacy) or within sight of the receptionist (optical store) is central to the program. Patients or customers are thereby equipped to test themselves and receive information about their results and calls to action about the next steps warranted. The hearing triage approach driven by the best in class software indicates cases where treatment may be effective as well as cases where referral for hearing aid evaluation is appropriate. A baseline is also established for review with each patient and retention for further reference.  

The interpreted test provided by the kiosk when combined with an inspection of the ear and a short history is usually a billable procedure for physicians. Alternative revenue models are used for pharmacy and optical locations.

Each location is paired with a hearing health professional who sponsors the kiosk and serves as the exclusive referral source. Coaching combined with a frequent call program as well as effective monitoring and reporting results in virtuous circle of benefits– a platform for enabling the public to learn about their hearing function, providing advertising and a steady flow of qualified leads for the partner, resulting in more patients and hearing instrument sales as well as new sources of recurring revenues for the location and program sponsor. 
 
HHAP has been referred to as “the most important innovation in hearing health in the last 20 years”. The program is now fully prototyped and expanding.

Participation in the program and the benefits it provides is voluntary. It is delivered in Canada by IDS Canada and Ultimate Kiosk Inc., funded by members of the hearing instrument community. 

 
 


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