WORLD HEARING DAY 2020: WORLD HEALTH ORGANIZATION RELEASES SECOND APP DEVELOPED BY HEARX GROUP
World Hearing Day 2020 marks the release of hearWHOpro, a mobile application that can be used by World Health Organization (WHO) health workers to check the hearing of people in their communities. hearX Group has developed the app for WHO, which uses digits-in-noise technology for the accurate detection of hearing loss within two minutes.
The app is an extension of hearWHO, that was also developed by hearX Group and was released on World Hearing Day last year. The main difference between the two apps is that hearWHO was specifically developed for anyone with a smartphone to check their own hearing through the app. hearWHOpro on the other hand, enables health workers to perform hearing checks on other people. As such, hearWHOpro serves as a tool for pre-screening of hearing loss in a community setting for health workers to determine the need for an individual to undergo a formal hearing test. The app also securely stores the data of each check, to enable health workers to compare hearing check results of the same individuals, over a period of time.
WHO hopes to raise awareness about the importance of hearing health by encouraging people to check their hearing regularly and to practice safe listening habits. hearWHO and hearWHOpro are clinically-validated tools, based on digits-in-noise technology, that mimic everyday speech-in-noise environments for the accurate detection of hearing loss in under two minutes.
During the past year, over 142 000 hearing checks have been completed in over 192 countries across the globe with the hearWHO app.
This World Hearing Day, taking place on 3 March, WHO encourages everyone - especially those at higher risk of hearing loss - to check their hearing. Early intervention is key to ensure that those suffering from hearing loss can live life to the fullest.
More about the hearWHO and hearWHOpro apps:
- Downloadable for free and available on Google Play and the Apple App Store.
- Both an automated test and results interpretation are provided.
- Results are displayed and allows personalized hearing health tracking.
- Validated for accurate testing across smartphones and tablets, regardless of different headphone or earphone types.