Switzerland-based hearing care solutions provider Phonak is set to commence a pilot programme to offer the US Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) a distance fitting solution called VA HearAssist.

The distance support approach will use telehealth solutions in the field of eHearingcare.

The fine tuning of hearing aids is considered to be an important part of more than 375,000 hearing aid adjustments and care services provided by more than 1,000 audiologists at the VA.

The solution will enable the adjustment of hearing aids present anywhere and is planned to be initiated through Iron Bow.

Using a smartphone app developed by Phonak, the wearer can connect to the audiologist's fitting software through a secure internet connection.

The audiologist can then directly access the hearing aid via a Bluetooth link.

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"The solution will enable the adjustment of hearing aids present anywhere and is planned to be initiated through Iron Bow."

The provider can check, adjust and offer advice to the wearer in real-time through video conference.

Phonak US president Jan Metzdorff said: "We are honoured that Phonak has been selected as a trusted partner for running this pilot study.

“We have been working closely for many years and this partnership once again proves our unwavering commitment to pushing the limits of technology and our efforts in the field of eSolutions.”

VA HearAssist will be examined in clinical trials at the VA facilities in Cleveland, Chicago and Miami.

Image: People with hearing loss can now have their hearing aids adjusted in real-time with built-in video conferencing. Photo: PRNewsfoto/Phonak AG.