As time goes on, more and more people across the U.S. are turning to their smartphones and computers to meet with their doctors over video. In fact, 88 percent of consumers said that by May 2021, they had used telemedicine (telehealth) at some point since the COVID-19 pandemic started in 2020.
But telemedicine isn’t just for standard healthcare appointments anymore. Some hearing care professionals have evolved their services to be able to offer telehealth for hearing loss and remote hearing care solutions to meet people where they’re at — home. People with hearing loss can now access world-class hearing care and top hearing professionals without ever leaving their homes.
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Telemedicine for hearing loss, also known as teleaudiology or tele audiology, allows people to receive audiology/hearing care with an audiologist or other hearing care professional through a tablet or computer with a camera. This means that people no longer have to travel to a traditional clinic or meet with a hearing care specialist in-person.
Teleaudiology appointments can range from a virtual hearing screening on a website to a sophisticated “remote” video appointment. Remote hearing care appointments use specialized equipment that delivers the same results as in-person appointments.
Teleaudiology is useful in a broad range of areas, including aural rehabilitation (involves creating a hearing loss management plan to help people navigate life with hearing loss), tinnitus (ringing/buzzing in the ears) counseling, and remote hearing tests.
Teleaudiology can be delivered in two ways:
Asynchronous teleaudiology doesn’t involve real-time interaction with a specialist. It instead involves taking a hearing test online. Results are forwarded to a hearing care professional to interpret, who then sends recommendations back to the patient through email.
Synchronous teleaudiology offers real-time interaction through two-way video conferencing (similar to Zoom) with a trained technician or audiology assistant, who performs testing as required by the audiologist. This form of tele-audiology can address a wide range of hearing care needs, including hearing aid fittings, audiometry (tests your ability to hear sounds), and counseling. hear.com’s Clinic-in-a-Box® teleaudiology solution follows this method.
Hearing care specialists may use a combination of asynchronous and synchronous tele-audiology methods to best suit their needs and those of their patients.
However, during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020, synchronous teleaudiology notably grew in popularity. It allowed those with hearing loss to still access quality care they otherwise would have had to delay. Using equipment shipped to their homes, people were able to test their hearing from the safety of home with the help and guidance of a hearing care professional during a video meeting. Convenience and safety have been major factors in the success and growth of tele-audiology and telemedicine in general.
Hear.com’s Clinic-in-a-Box teleaudiology solution is the world’s first teleaudiology program that delivers high-quality virtual hearing care to anyone in America who needs it. And, you don’t have to be tech savvy to use it.
Here’s how it works and how you can schedule an appointment and try your hearing aids for 45 days — with a money-back guarantee:
Fill out our brief online questionnaire by clicking the link at the bottom of this page. Then, be sure to answer the phone when we call to speak briefly to one of our hearing professionals about your hearing loss. There is never any pressure during this call. We believe that hearing health is serious and deserves a live call to ensure we’re giving you the right hearing aids for your lifestyle and budget.
Our hearing specialist will help you secure your 45-day hearing aid trial and then mail you the Clinic-in-a-Box. You’ll receive a teleaudiology tablet (similar to an iPad or other standard tablet) that’s pre-programmed for your appointment, easy-to-use hearing test equipment, and your new hearing aids.
Our support team will call you before the appointment to walk you through how to use the equipment, connect to the Internet, and log in to the tablet. They’ll also answer all your questions so you’re completely comfortable before the appointment. We’re dedicated to helping you succeed and have a great experience. Most of all, we make it easy.
On the day of your appointment, you’ll log in to the tablet to meet with one of our top hearing care professionals. They’ll walk you through the hearing test and then fit your hearing aids, based on your testing and personal preferences. This means you can start wearing your hearing aids immediately in your everyday life.
Remember: It takes about 30 days for your brain to adapt to wearing hearing aids, but we give you 45 days to fully try them out.
Customers recommend hear.com teleaudiology appointments because they:
Teleaudiology Video Conferencing Tips
If you’re someone who has been using video conferencing tools like Zoom for years, great! If you’re new to it, don’t worry. We’re here to help and will be beside you every step of the way.
Here are some tips to have the best experience over video. During the appointment:
We’ve helped teleaudiology patients succeed with at-home hearing care, and we feel confident we can help you, too.
Hear.com’s success has come from putting you, the customer, first. For more than a decade, we’ve served more than 1 million people worldwide virtually and in-person with a mission of helping everyone improve their quality of life through better hearing.
Our hearing care specialists have all been rigorously trained to get you started and assist with any situation. And hear.com’s expert teleaudiology doctors — with an average of 14 years of clinical experience — are hand-picked by us. Our sole focus is you and your hearing health.
If you're ready to move forward with a convenient teleaudiology appointment at the end of the initial call, great! If not, that's OK. Your specialist will give you their direct phone number so you can call them back when you're ready. But with affordable payment plans and a no-risk 45-day trial, there is no reason to delay better hearing.
Two of the best hearing aids on the market today include the Horizon Go AX and the Horizon Mini X, both which are part of the exclusive Horizon line of hearing aids by hear.com. No matter if you have mild or severe hearing loss, one of these state-of-the-art devices is sure to work for you.
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