GN Hearing announced the introduction of ReSound Assist Live, what the company describes as “a real-time video-enabled hearing care service.” At a time when elderly, more vulnerable populations are advised to stay home, this telehealth solution helps enable people, from their homes, to connect with their hearing care professional for new hearing aids and care, remotely.
GN Hearing recognizes that COVID-19 may seriously affect people who use hearing aids due to stricter social distancing measures, ultimately affecting many people’s well-being and mental health. Telehealth services can make an important difference in helping people stay connected with loved ones and informed on rapidly changing events while staying at home.
With the launch of ReSound Assist Live, people can now have new hearing aids adjusted remotely by their hearing care professional via new at-home video consultations without physically going to a clinic. Additionally, in these difficult times, hearing care professionals can provide new hearing aids for those who have recently completed a hearing test. In collaboration with HearX—a digital health care company focused on mobile hearing screening, testing, and video otoscopy—hearing care professionals in the US can also offer drive-through or at-home hearing tests and receive adjustments and counseling via ReSound Assist Live.
“At this critical time, GN Hearing is as committed as always to helping the hearing community where it’s most needed. For many people, staying in touch with loved ones on the phone and online demands great hearing abilities, so getting access to hearing care support is crucial, particularly for those in self-isolation when communicating is imperative for an individual’s well-being,” said Gitte Aabo, CEO and President of GN Hearing.
ReSound Assist Live is an update to ReSound Assist, which already lets people request and receive adjustments to their hearing aids remotely, but the new telehealth tech reportedly “goes further, enabling live video consultations with hearing care professionals for support wherever they are.” This allows in-person support over live video and remote fitting of hearing aids all via the ReSound Smart 3D™ app.
“We expect that the introduction of ReSound Assist Live will help more hearing aid users and their hearing care professionals connect via our innovative remote solutions that work for them, regardless of what’s going on in their lives, how much mobility they have during this difficult time, and in the future,” Aabo said,
ReSound Assist Live is available on April 2, 2020 in the US, Canada, the UK, Germany, Australia, New Zealand, and Singapore, and globally from May 1. At-home and drive-through hearing tests will be offered shortly in the US.
Source: GN Hearing
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