New partnership to develop a hearing screening mobile app


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The American Academy of Audiology (AAA) has teamed up with hearX group, an e-health start-up from South Africa, to launch the first-ever intensive hearing screening mobile app in the United States.

The app is called hearScreen USA and will be similar to the app developed for South Africa known as hearZA. The app used in South Africa was developed and clinically validated by the University of Pretoria, Gauteng Province, to detect early hearing loss in under 3 minutes. Importantly, the app also connects patients to audiologists near them.

According to Jackie Clark, President of the AAA, “Many people don’t realise that they’re suffering with hearing loss, and others cannot take time from their busy schedules to find an audiologist,” reports WeeTracker. This is precisely where the app comes into play. The app will be available without charge for most smartphones. It will be launched and showcased at the Academy’s annual conference to be held on April 18-21 in Nashville, Tennessee.

“Moving into the US in partnership with the American Academy of Audiology is an exciting next big step for hearX. It’s about consolidating our success and experience to date to bring the best possible product to the highly competitive and consumer-driven US market,” said hearX Group CEO, Nic Klopper.

Source: WeeTracker; AAA