Hearing test developer seeks volunteers to trial pioneering system

Hearing Diagnostics is looking for volunteers in Edinburgh and Glasgow to test their hearing using headphones fitted with a motion sensor

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A hearing test developer based in Scotland is seeking volunteers who can travel to Edinburgh and Glasgow to trial new technology.

Hearing Diagnostics has developed a hearing test where the patient wears headphones fitted with a motion sensor and turns their head in response to random sounds coming from a variety of directions.

Co-founder and chief executive of Hearing Diagnostics, Dr Claudia Freigang, shared that there is a risk that people who were shielding during the pandemic have allowed their hearing to deteriorate.

“Now, more than ever before, we need a hearing test that is accessible, easy and reliable, which is what we believe we have developed at Hearing Diagnostics,” she said.

The company stated that pilot trials of the technology suggested it was more accurate than existing systems, while it is also thought to be more resilient in the context of tinnitus, imagined sounds and background noise.

Hearing Diagnostics is backed by Scottish business angel investment syndicate, Archangels. Once the trial phase is complete, the company plans to launch a trial with High Street hearing aid retailers followed by a worldwide market launch.

Volunteers for the initial unpaid trial will need to be able to travel to central Glasgow or Edinburgh in the months of February, March and April 2022. The study is seeking volunteers both with and without hearing loss.

To be eligible, trial participants should be between the ages of 25 and 75, and not have restrictions on their mobility.

If hearing loss is known, the study is accepting individuals with mild, mild-to-moderate hearing loss, and moderate-to-severe hearing loss.

Those interested in volunteering can contact [email protected]