Soundly, a hearing health marketplace, has announced the launch of an online platform to “modernize the way consumers shop for hearing aids”. The platform is designed to help consumers find products, compare prices, and access a user-friendly online database of audiologists.
About 1 in 10 people in the United States suffer from hearing loss and, on average, wait 10 years to buy hearing aids, in part because of a long and difficult research process, a confusing price structure and Stigma. Soundly said it “aims to dramatically change that by helping consumers find the help they need to use modern, user-friendly technology.”
“At 30, I received my first pair of hearing aids after becoming aware of my own hearing loss nearly two decades earlier,” said Blake Cadwell, CEO and Founder of Soundly. “After the pandemic and widespread mask-wearing robbed me of my ability to lip-read, I was forced to take my hearing loss seriously. What I found when I started my research was a jumble of information that was confusing and intimidating to navigate. My goal with Soundly is to provide people with hearing loss a unique online experience with clear, simple pricing and access to the strongest, friendliest network of licensed audiologists. When I searched for hearing aids, I had over a dozen tabs open. Soundly brings this experience together into one easy-to-use site experience. »
According to Soundly’s announcement, “Customers report that Soundly’s pre-negotiated pricing on prescription products saves 20-40% off retail prices, making it the easiest way and the fastest to buy and save”.
“Soundly provides a digital experience that speaks to the modern consumer of hearing care,” said Dr. Ben Thompson, audiologist and founder of Treble Health. “Independent hearing aid reviews have always been hard to come by for consumers and Soundly is helping to change that. This kind of transparent, audiology-backed marketplace will be even more important as new products from the Over-the-Counter Hearing Aids Act will be available at the end of 2022. »
This innovation is especially important now that Millennials and Generation Z are more exposed to hazardous sound levels than any generation before. Today, one in five teenagers will experience some form of hearing loss, a rate about 30% higher than 20 years ago. By 2050, an estimated 700 million people will have disabling hearing loss (1 in 10).
Soundly is the “first hearing health marketplace that helps consumers find products, compare prices, and connect to care through an easy-to-use database of licensed audiologists.”
To learn more, visit: https://www.soundly.com/.