We took for granted many aspects of our day that were previously routine, such as providing regular patient check-ups, follow-ups, and providing acute hearing care. However, when hearing diagnostics and hearing loss intervention became more challenging, many audiologists adapted - building windmills rather than walls. The evolution and adoption of teleaudiology before and during the pandemic is one of the most significant examples of innovation that the audiology industry has experienced in decades. The future of teleaudiology is happening here and now, and this exciting shift is rapidly transforming how hearing care is ultimately being delivered.
Hearing conservation is evolving. Mobile technology now offers companies of all sizes the ability to bring their hearing testing programs in-house: no more sound booths required, no more paper records, no more losses in productivity.
Many believe to have a clinically valid audiometric test; it must occur in a sound booth. They believe it is necessary to eliminate any background noise and possible distractions that could lead to inaccurate test results. However, recent advances in audiometric technology are enabling a shift to test outside of the booth. This shift is being widely embraced by both hearing healthcare professionals and patients alike.
The World Health Organization has found that noise-induced hearing loss is an all-too-common problem facing many workers. Luckily, this problem is preventable. We know that there are many experienced and talented mobile hearing testing companies working hard to support workplace hearing conservation programs around the world.
It's genuinely astonishing when we try to think of all the incredible things our ears do for us every day. Our hearing can help us pick out the words from a favorite song that is stuck in our head; it can pluck out a voice of a loved one in a crowded restaurant; it can connect us to nature with the sounds of waves crashing on a beach on a sunny summer day. Our hearing quite literally is the soundtrack to life.
There are many ways SHOEBOX can help people work and provide hearing screening and diagnostic testing outside the traditional clinic. Methods can range from patients having diagnostic hearing testing done in-person outside of the hearing clinic to an entire tele-audiology process in which the clinician is not physically with patients, instead remotely connected.