Company announces plans to introduce the world's first FDA-approved OTC hearing screener allowing consumers to test their hearing from the convenience and privacy of their home
San Leandro, CA (PRWEB) January 04, 2016
iHear Medical announced today that it has received FDA clearance for the iHearTest™, the world's first hearing screener approved for over-the-counter (OTC) sales. The iHearTest is a hearing screener for profiling hearing ability based on the World Health Organization (WHO) guidelines, targeting adults who suspect they have hearing loss, or those reluctant to seek professional evaluation for a basic hearing assessment.
Yet, one newly recognized risk usually goes unmentioned: hearing loss. “There are a number of common medications that are ototoxic, which means harmful to the ears,” says Dr. Sharon Curhan, a physician and epidemiologist at the Channing Division of Network Medicine at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School in Boston. That side effect isn't typically listed on drug labels, she says. "These are relatively new findings.”
Research by Curhan and others finds that some over-the-counter medications, acetaminophen (the generic name for Tylenol), ibuprofen and prescriptions, ranging from certain antibiotics to chemotherapy drugs, can damage hearing. In all, there are more than 200 known ototoxic medications on the market today, according to the American-Speech-Language-Hearing Association, which can also impact the ear's balance functions.