Early intervention can be effective in mitigating the worst effects of loud music, but existing technology for testing for NIHL is generally only available in hospitals or specialised clinics.
The technology sends auditory stimuli to the ear through standard ‘off-the-shelf’ earphones, then analyses the resulting Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR), producing a fingerprint of the ABR.
Changes in this fingerprint are predictive of the onset of hearing disorders (including ‘hidden’ hearing loss that cannot be detected by standard tests).
The company’s solution, when integrated into commonly used in-ear consumer earphones or headphones, will remove the clinical barrier to access and could play a game-changing preventative role in the treatment of NIHL.
In addition to general consumer use, it would particularly benefit those working within high-risk environments such as building sites, the military, or music venues.