The first web-enabled hearing aid system- targeting tech savvy consumers seeking affordability and more control of their hearing solution

It was brought to my attention that something new is coming into the market. Something really small, light, invisible, waterproof, and cost a fraction of what you would pay for a top branded hearing aid. I thought I ought to share it here because it is definitely worth mentioning. Here’s why….

iHear Medical is developing an online solution for people with hearing loss. While 95% of them could be successfully treated with hearing aids, only 22% use them due to persisting barriers including high cost, limited access, and the stigma associated with wearing a visible hearing aid. iHear is creating low-cost web-based solutions without compromising quality or performance.

The iHear team has invented a modular hearing device for fitting inside the ear and preserving the natural acoustics of the ear. Unlike commonly used behind-the-ear (BTE) devices BTEs which pick up sounds primarily from behind the ear, the iHear device picks up sounds within the ear without interfering with the acoustics of the pinna and concha cavity. Research has demonstrated the numerous benefits of natural sound transmission to the ear for improved localization, higher frequency response, and discrimination of speech in noisy environments.

In addition to the invisible form-factor, the iHear device is designed for self-fitting and programming at home by a propitiatory USB device. The entire fitting process, including the hearing evaluation, is self-administered online using the USB device when connected to a personal computer with online access.

Sound processing features can be selected online and download into the hearing device according to individual preferences and the subscription level. For example, a new user can choose 1 program setting, later upgrading to multiple program settings to deal with various acoustic environments. The multi-channel hearing device is designed to deal with a variety of hearing loss types, up to moderately-severe impairments

iHear Medical is founded and led by medical device entrepreneur Adnan Shennib who previously started InSound Medical with his invention of the Lyric hearing device. InSound was sold to Sonova-Phonak in 2010.

iHear Medical products are currently being offered for pre-order on the Indiegogo website.

They are even doing donations of hearing aids to people who needs them but is unable to get hold of them. It is really for a good cause. Find out more on how you can be a proud owner of the invisible hearing aid and at the same time helping other people to benefit from using this hearing aid. Visit: http://www.igg.me/at/ihearmedical

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