The system that they have developed allows for the establishment of air conduction thresholds in a self conducted test that have between an 89% and 93% degree of accuracy, and repeatability when compared to clinical controls. And, when age adjusted for the much younger control demographic group, this seven to eleven percent deviation pretty much disappeared.
Their system and research demonstrate, and provide clinically verifiable, repeatable proof that they have in deed developed the tools, and techniques needed to establish accurately, the degree of an individuals hearing loss, without the presence, prompting, or need for a professional in the process. And, without the need of any clinically calibrated, audiometric equipment.
They then use these audiometric data points to plot a target gain curve based upon the Australian National Auditory and Acoustic Arts Laboratory gain formula known in the trade as NAL2.
The open fit hearing aids that they sell are programed to the individuals’ loss based on this well established and researched gain formula, with the second program set to a plus five decibels of the main target, and the third program in their aids set to a minus five decibels from the main.
The article further describes their methodologies for separating those potential customers who are in need of more advanced professional care and establishes a referral criteria for those needing medical attention.
Missing from the protocol is any professional care, beyond that obtainable via email, or telephone, as well as any actual physical examination of the ear, ear canal, ear drum, or the surrounding tissues.
However, even given these limitations, Health Innovations has demonstrated a system that can accurately test hearing without any hearing care professionals’ assistance, or intervention and without even an calibrated audiometric equipment what, so ever.
With this insurance giant’s stated intention of selling and programming their own brand of hearing instruments, using their newly developed, and validated methodologies, via an online shopping experience, I do believe that the playing field and the rules, for dispensing professionals everywhere have been changed in the marketplace, regardless of what their practice laws may say.
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