iHear Program Expands Hearing Testing for School-age Children

The Hearing Review logoClearwater Clinical Ltd, makers of a clinically validated tablet audiometer called SHOEBOX Audiometry, have partnered with the University of Ottawa Medical School to expand the successful iHEAR program to bring much needed hearing testing to more elementary school students. Clearwater Clinical announces that iHear is expanding the program beyond the Ottawa region to include Montreal, Halifax, and Saskatoon.

Read the full story in The Hearing Review.

Clearwater Clinical Proud to be Included in 2016 Global Digital Health 100

Digital Health Global 100 logoWe are proud to announce that Clearwater Clinical has been named to the Global Digital Health 100 Award List for 2016.

Through a combination of nominations and industry research, the 2016 list was compiled by the international team at The Journal of mHealth and represents the most innovative and disruptive health technology companies from around the world. Editorial staff spent 6 months analyzing the innovative offerings of hundreds of companies representing the full spectrum of the digital health ecosystem. To make this prestigious list, companies needed to demonstrate true innovation and “the opportunity to disrupt the delivery of healthcare at scale”.

The Case for Tablet Audiometry

Canadian Audiologist logoIt was a revolution in communication and one that lay the foundation for technological advances such as the smart phone. In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell patented the telephone. It was not his only scientific contribution, albeit his most famous one.

Bell witnessed the impacts of hearing loss firsthand. His mother lost her hearing as a child and his wife was deaf. Additionally, his grandfather, father, and brother all worked in areas associated with speech and hearing. This exposure and subsequent interest led him to develop the first audiometer in 1879. Around that same time German physician, Hermann Ludwig Ferdinand von Helmholtz, invented an electrically driven tuning fork to measure hearing sensitivity.

Read the whole story in Canadian Audiologist.

Health tech startup sees hearing test market as ripe for disruption

Med City News logoClearwater Clinical, a Canadian medical device company, wants to address the challenges facing the hearing industry by developing a self-directed hearing test to help communities underserved by audiologists. In an interview with CEO Michael Weider, who pitched the company’s approach at the Venture+ Forum at HIMSS this week, he said he sees the tablet-based testing platform, called Shoebox, as a way to make hearing tests more accessible and portable.

Is mHealth the Solution to the Global Audiology Shortage?

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The first prerequisite in order to effect change is to recognize that there is a problem. In 2011 the World Health Organization reported that 360,000,000 people worldwide have disabling hearing loss.1

This is especially distressing because 32 million of those affected are children and 80% live in low and middle-income countries without adequate access to hearing health care. Lack of equipment, the absence of trained personnel and limited health care infrastructure all compound to create circumstances where an easily treatable hearing loss is ignored and the full impact of disability is felt.

Read the whole story at Canadian Audiology here.

Canadian hearing-test app for Third World finding new uses here

CBC logoAn iPad app to diagnose hearing loss in children in the developing world has come full circle.

Developed for use in impoverished countries like Uganda, the app has now come back home to Canada where its creators realize it would save Western health-care systems both time and money.

“It’s cheap, accurate, validated and easy to use,” says Dr. Matthew Bromwich, an ENT surgeon at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa who oversaw the development of the app.

Read the full story at CBC News here.