Syracuse, NY (PRWEB) August 29, 2013
In an industry faced with complacency, internal division, and vast potential, one group is ready to make a difference.
On August 15th and 16th, a group of audiologists gathered at the EarQ corporate headquarters in Syracuse, NY. Frustrated with the lack of progress in the hearing healthcare industry, the group discussed the various challenges currently facing the industry, explored the available opportunities for growth and developed action plans to carry out their initiatives.
Among the topics discussed were forward-thinking strategies to combat the social stigmas surrounding hearing health, the lack of public hearing loss awareness, the growing trend of unregulated online hearing device sales and the overall fragmentation of the industry and it various professionals.
The participating audiologists, who hailed from practices across the country, also strategized ways to overcome these challenges in order to inform and encourage the millions of Americans with untreated hearing loss of the physical, emotional and financial benefits of hearing better.
“It was a very meaningful experience,” said Andrew Hebert, managing director of EarQ. “It validated our belief that while the industry faces critical challenges, there is a group of professionals who are as motivated as we are to make a difference and impact the 30 million Americans with untreated hearing loss.”
This meeting was the first of many steps toward carrying out successful strategies in the near future.
More than 36 million Americans live with hearing loss. Recent studies have shown that one in five teenagers has hearing loss, as well as 60% of veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. Left untreated, hearing loss can inhibit social interaction and a person’s ability to perform daily activities, which can lead to withdrawal, isolation, depression and increased instance of heart disease. Yet, only about 20 percent of people with hearing loss actually use a hearing device.
To learn more, contact Andrew Hebert at ahebert(at)earq(dot)com.
EarQ strives to revolutionize the hearing healthcare industry through innovative business and marketing practices, national public awareness efforts and advocating for excellence in private patient care. Through its 1,400 nationwide hearing healthcare locations, EarQ will work to shatter the stereotypes surrounding hearing loss and empower the millions of Americans who suffer from it to take control of their hearing health.
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