Clearwater 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.
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.
An 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.
Today, Clearwater Clinical announced the general release of version 2.0 of the SHOEBOX iPad Audiometer. SHOEBOX is the first and only clinically validated iPad Audiometer. With today’s announcement, this groundbreaking product now comes with both automated and manual modes. In automated mode, the user can self-test their hearing loss by playing an iPad game. Manual mode allows the Audiologist to control the test like a traditional audiometer.
Pediatric surgeon and entrepreneur Dr. Matthew Bromwich accepted the “TELUS Award for mHealth Innovation” at the 29th Annual CATAAlliance Innovation Awards Gala. He accepted the award on behalf of a team effort to develop and successfully implement a new approach to test hearing impairment worldwide, called ShoeBOX Audiometry.