iHEAR announces groundbreaking partnership for direct-to-consumer marketing and distribution of advanced web-enabled hearing aids
SAN LEANDRO, Calif., Dec. 14, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — iHear Medical, Inc.announced today a partnership with Ameritas, a highly regarded insurance, employee benefits and financial services company. The partnership with Ameritas offers next generation invisible hearing solutions at a fraction of the cost. This groundbreaking offering is intended to break through persisting barriers preventing people from obtaining clinically effective hearing solutions, including overpricing of hearing aids, the stigma of wearing visible hearing devices, and the cumbersome process of accessing hearing care through traditional channels.
iHEAR’s offerings include the iHEARHD and iHEARMAX invisible hearing aids, and the iHEARTEST, the first and only FDA-cleared home hearing screener. iHEAR’s advanced hearing solutions are offered at $299 before reimbursement, compared with programmable hearing aids available at hearing centers costing $2,400 on average for a single hearing aid, and often over $6,000 for a pair. iHear products combine high quality sound and online self-programming, and are backed by a 45-day satisfaction guarantee, professional support and remote programming by licensed hearing professionals.
iHEAR products are available directly to Ameritas customers from the iHEAR online store at www.ihearmedical.com.
“Millions of people suffer from hearing loss. It can affect a person’s overall quality of life and relationships with others. We look forward to our partnership with iHear to make hearing aids more accessible and affordable for our customers and people nationwide,” said Karen Gustin, Ameritas group division executive vice president.
Ameritas — Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. and its affiliated companies — offers a wide range of insurance and financial products and services to individuals, families and businesses. The group division of Ameritas has served customers since 1959 and today provides dental, vision, and hearing care products and services, insuring or administering benefits for more than 6.4 million people nationwide. Ameritas has one of the largest dental networks in the country with more than 413,500 access points. Its contact center has earned BenchmarkPortal’s Center of Excellence certification every year since 2007 and placed 3rd in BenchmarkPortal’s Top 100 for medium call centers in 2016. In New York, dental, vision and hearing care products are offered through Ameritas Life Insurance Corp. of New York. To learn more about Ameritas, visit ameritas.com or ameritasinsight.com.
About iHear Medical, Inc.
iHear Medical is a venture-backed startup dedicated to addressing the global need for affordable and accessible hearing solutions. iHEAR’s proprietary online platform offers consumers a comprehensive range of telehealth tools and services, including home hearing testing, self-programming of hearing aids, and remote assistance by hearing professionals. The novel hearing solutions platform creates new business models in uncontested blue ocean markets, breaking through persisting barriers preventing people from obtaining effective hearing solutions. For more information on iHear Medical, visit: www.ihearmedical.com