MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–January 26, 2022–
Amplifon Hearing Health Care, the leading independent provider of hearing benefit solutions in the United States, has launched its virtual care program to increase hearing loss awareness, prevention and early intervention.
The program, “Telehealth for Hearing by Amplifon,” is being rolled out across the United States for health plan partners.
Hearing Telehealth includes several unique features:
- A virtual hearing assessment via the exclusive AmpliTest™ app allows members to take an on-demand screening test, facilitated by Amplifon’s dedicated care team. The assessment is not affected by a member’s language proficiency and is highly accurate. If hearing loss is confirmed, a care advisor will contact the member to schedule an appointment at the clinic for a hearing examination with a hearing care professional best suited to the member’s needs who can make a diagnosis. Additionally, the Care Advocate will provide personalized hearing health education prior to the clinic visit.
- Personalized coaching is carried out by Amplifon’s dedicated care team via a coaching app. The Amplifon app monitors hearing aid usage and performance throughout the member’s hearing care journey to improve the member’s experience with their hearing aids.
- On-demand virtual visits with a care team for dedicated follow-up service and support.
“We are excited to introduce our latest hearing healthcare innovation that will benefit members, providers and health plans,” said Guillaume Bonniol, Senior Vice President of Amplifon Hearing Health Care. “Fueled by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, telehealth has exploded in popularity. Now, from the comfort of their own home, members can have a hearing screening and, with the support of our care team, determine if they have a hearing loss and should see a hearing care professional for a full audiometric examination and diagnosis. In the event that hearing aids are needed, people can receive ongoing, non-clinical support through virtual visits. By combining our program with personalized coaching, we can also improve the user experience with the aim of promoting greater adaptation and satisfaction among hearing aid wearers.
About 40 million people suffer from hearing loss, but it is largely undiagnosed and untreated. The economic impact of untreated hearing loss is significant. Untreated people with hearing loss incurred, on average, 46% higher total healthcare costs — $22,434 per patient — compared to their peers with standard hearing over a decade, with plans health insurance covering $20,403 of that amount, according to a Johns Hopkins study.
“Untreated hearing loss can have a direct effect on many serious health conditions, increasing the likelihood of developing dementia and depression, and increasing the risk of falls with injury,” said Carrie Meyer, Au.D., Director of Clinical Programs, Amplifon Hearing Healthcare. “Hearing loss is also associated with social isolation, which is a risk factor for cognitive decline, Alzheimer’s and heart disease. All of these comorbidities lead to higher health care costs. So the earlier we can detect and remedy hearing loss through innovations such as telehealth for hearing, the more we can help minimize comorbidities, which helps health plans save money.
Amplifon Americas, a division of the Amplifon Group, is a leading provider of hearing care solutions in the United States and Canada. Headquartered in downtown Minneapolis, Minnesota, Amplifon Americas has more than 900 employees dedicated to serving the diverse needs of its customers through several unique, independent brands: Miracle-Ear, with more than 1,700 locations throughout the country, Amplifon Hearing Health Care, with more than 6,000 clinics across the country, and Amplifon Canada, with more than 70 locations. Together, its mission is to allow people with hearing loss to rediscover all the emotions of sound. Amplifon Americas strives to improve lives, relationships and communities through a powerful combination of cutting-edge technology and high-quality care.
About Amplifon Hearing Healthcare
Amplifon Hearing Health Care connects people and resources to improve the lives of people with hearing loss by partnering with health care organizations to administer hearing benefits. As an independently owned and operated organization, Amplifon’s turnkey products and services improve health, increase satisfaction and reduce costs for health plan partners. Amplifon’s full-service model includes member advocacy, claims handling, eligibility management and reporting. With an unwavering commitment to delivering an exceptional experience, Amplifon’s solutions make high-quality hearing care affordable and accessible. Learn more at: amplifonusa.com.
KEYWORD: UNITED STATES NORTH AMERICA MINNESOTA
INDUSTRY KEYWORD: TELECOMMUNICATIONS AUDIO/VIDEO SOFTWARE MANAGED CARE HEALTH MEDICAL DEVICES TECHNOLOGY OTHER HEALTH
SOURCE: Amplifon Hearing Health Care
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PUBLISHED: 01/26/2022 10:10 a.m. / DISK: 01/26/2022 10:11 a.m.