iHEAR® Medical will support the American Diabetes Association’s mission to improve the lives of the growing number of Americans affected by diabetes and hearing loss.
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Hearing loss and diabetes are two of America’s most widespread health concerns, both on the rise. Nearly 48 million American adults have disabling hearing loss, according to the Center for Hearing and Communication, and more than 30 million adults in the U.S. have diabetes. Hearing loss is about twice as common in adults with diabetes as those who do not have the disease, reports the National Institutes of Health. With a parallel commitment to improving the lives of people affected by hearing loss and diabetes, iHEAR® Medical, Inc. and the American Diabetes Association will work to improve awareness and education about new technologies for self-screening and addressing hearing loss among those with diabetes or prediabetes.
iHEAR® Medical, Inc. was founded in 2010 with a mission of reducing the cost of advanced hearing technology to make it affordable and accessible to everyone. As many people with diabetes know, self-monitoring of blood glucose levels is critical. Now, like diabetes, hearing loss can also be self-monitored with the first and only FDA-cleared home hearing assessment kit on the market, called the iHEARtest™ from iHEAR® Medical.
Tracey D. Brown, CEO of the American Diabetes Association says, “The American Diabetes Association and iHEAR have a strong commitment to improving the quality of life for millions of Americans who are affected daily by their diabetes or hearing loss, or both combined. With the prevalence of hearing loss among diabetics, and as someone who lives with type 2 diabetes, I recognize the significance of innovative new technologies such as what the iHEARtest is providing, that give our population the ability to affordably and easily monitor our own hearing and then make informed decisions about the available solutions.”
Founded in 1940, the American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization whose mission is to prevent and cure diabetes, and to improve the lives of all people affected by diabetes. Nearly half of American adults have diabetes or prediabetes; and every 21 seconds, another individual is diagnosed with diabetes in the U.S.
John Luna, CEO of iHEAR® Medical, Inc. said, "With the growing number of adults suffering from hearing loss – many of whom also have diabetes or pre-diabetes – iHEAR is honored to align with the American Diabetes Association as a National Strategic Partner and help with awareness, education, and solutions for people struggling with diabetes, their families and others about safe, effective hearing health solutions in self-care, from assessment to solution.”
Luna added, “Our consumer-friendly solutions allow people to take control of their hearing needs – including their ability to determine a hearing loss and to what degree, as well as knowing whether they would benefit from the use of a hearing aid or personal amplification product based on their Hearing Number™.”
About the American Diabetes Association
Approximately every 21 seconds, someone in the United States is diagnosed with diabetes. Nearly half of the American adult population has diabetes or prediabetes, and more than 30 million adults and children are living with the disease. The American Diabetes Association (ADA) is the nation’s leading voluntary health organization on a mission to prevent and cure diabetes, as well as improve the lives of all people affected by the disease. For nearly 80 years, the ADA has driven discovery by funding research to treat, manage and prevent all types of diabetes, while working relentlessly for a cure. Magnifying the urgency of this epidemic, the ADA works to safeguard policies and programs that protect people with the illness, those at risk of developing diabetes and the health care professionals who serve them by initiating programs, advocacy and education efforts that can lead to improved health outcomes and quality of life. To learn more or to get involved, call 1-800-DIABETES (1-800-342-2383) or visit us at diabetes.org. Information is available in English and Spanish. Join the conversation with us on Facebook (American Diabetes Association), Twitter (AmDiabetesAssn) and Instagram (AmDiabetesAssn).
About iHEAR® Medical, www.ihearmedical.com
What’s your hearing number?™ The future of hearing technology has arrived with iHEAR® Medical. Dedicated to affordable and accessible hearing solutions, featuring state-of-the-art technology with an intuitive and elegant design, iHEAR® Medical has a list of firsts. Founded in 2010, iHEAR® Medical continues to shape the future of hearing solutions with the first FDA-cleared over-the-counter iHEARtest™ home screener, and its hearing aid solutions, iHEARhd®, iHEARmax™, Eva™ by iHEAR®, and the personal sound amplification product TReOTM by iHEAR® 3-in-1 Amplifier. iHEAR® holds more than 50 U.S. and international patents and patent applications for its products and services.
Lysa Urban, Consortium Media, 805-654-1564 x117, lysaconsortium-media.com
Michelle Kirkwood, American Diabetes Association, 703-299-2053, pressdiabetes.org