If you missed the news yesterday, Signia announced something big. And Geoff Cooling has some thoughts on the matter:
I personally do not know how they can do a reasonable hearing test. With my hearing loss and my tinnitus, can see no way it can be accurate.
I can see remote hearing care as an alternative, especially if the patient cost is reduced. However, I don’t see the real need for it to be the a primary means of dispensing hearing aids. Hearing tests and hearing aid fittings are generally a one to one system in a doctor’s private office. If we can shop for groceries and do all of the other “essential” activities, I don’t see why we can’t visit a hearing specialist.
Most of this COVID response is so capricious and inconsistent. Sick individuals should quarantine and those that are sick enough should receive treatment in a hospital setting if necessary.
Quarantining everyone is throwing the baby out with the dish water. It will lead to the total destruction of our economy and ultimately our social structure.
Truly spoken. But this will not take so few digits. I am still waiting for Costco to open.
This type fitting sounds very similar to how most DIY self programmers fit their own aids. No physical checks or REM testing.
The initial audiogram would not be as good as typical manufacturers in-situ fittings. Results may be questionable with those with challenging hearing losses.
Ok so I read the article, I read the press release, and I went to the website of the hearing evaluation provider, SHOEBOX, that they’re using for this in the case of an initial fitting. The website is easy to navigate. I didn’t have headphones handy so I just walked through the test real quick to see what it’s like. First, there’s a survey about your hearing. Then, they get to the audio portion. They play some conversation in each ear where you set it to as loud as is comfortable, a medium volume, and a threshold of comprehension volume. Then they play several sounds, which from the icons I infer to have been birdsong, a clock (chiming perhaps), wind/leaves, and what appeared to be cymbals. These were each a “adjust till barely audible.” At the end it gives you a bar with “Good”, “Loss”, and “Significant Loss” and gives a suggestion that if you were to try hearing aids you might get an improvement into the good range (the volumes I randomly clicked ended up with both ears in the “Loss” category - again, I did this on mute by randomly clicking just to see what the test goes through). Now, obviously, where you are, the headphones your using, and the volume output of the computer are all going to have an impact on how loud the sounds are. It wasn’t a tone test though so it’s not trying to build an audiogram. Now, was this specifically the test Signia is using, or do they have a custom one? Dunno, obviously, as it doesn’t say. But folks shouldn’t be so dismissive I think.