Just months after President Joe Biden signed an executive order de-regulating the hearing aid market, telehealth service Tuned announced that it has launched to help audiologists take advantage of this opportunity.
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According to the company’s announcement, Tuned allows hearing healthcare professionals to gain access to a HIPAA-compliant SaaS platform to schedule appointments, conduct online hearing screenings, earn revenue, and more, all for free. Tuned also serves as a “comprehensive marketplace for vetted, audiologist-approved hearing devices that address the full spectrum of hearing issues and prevention needs—at price points every patient can afford.”
“I know from personal experience how difficult it can be to find the right hearing solution, even when you’re working with a top audiologist,” said Tuned Co-founder and CEO Danny Aronson. A classically trained composer, Aronson was acutely aware when his hearing began to fade and wanted to address it as quickly as possible. However, traditional hearing aids weren’t ideal for him, and few other options were available.
“It quickly became apparent how the challenges that affect consumers also affect audiologists,” Aronson adds. “Tuned isn’t just engineered for patient satisfaction. It’s about empowering audiologists to provide the level of care they’ve always wanted to.”
“With a record number of people working from home, previously undetected hearing problems are becoming a major issue,” said Dr Heather Malyuk, Tuned’s Head of Audiology. “As telehealth appointments surge in popularity, the Tuned platform offers an unprecedented opportunity for audiologists to reach patients where they are, while breaking from the limits of the bundled model. This allows them to finally focus on providing clinical care without the distraction of device sales.”
Audiologists can use Tuned as an addition to their existing practice or as turnkey infrastructure for a completely virtual clinic, with revenue potential better than traditional practice models. The marketplace is “regularly updated with new solutions and detailed clinical guidance (including video), removing the labor audiologists face in combing through the crowded marketplace for devices that might benefit their patients.” Tuned’s Listening Club provides the platform’s member audiologists with device samples on a monthly basis, so they can learn about the latest advances in hearing technology.
Tuned is accepting audiologists on the platform for beta testing. Click here to join the waiting list.