Listen up! Uhear app for iPhone measures hearing capability

Aug 30, 2009
Health

If you are cranking up the tunes on your iPhone or iPod Touch, consider checking out the uHear app to monitor any potential hearing loss. uHear is a worthy download if you frequently ask others to repeat themselves or watch TV at the maximum volume. The application has a hearing loss screening test and informs […]

If you are cranking up the tunes on your iPhone or iPod Touch, consider checking out the uHear app to monitor any potential hearing loss.

uHear is a worthy download if you frequently ask others to repeat themselves or watch TV at the maximum volume. The application has a hearing loss screening test and informs users if there any signs of a hearing problem.

Your hearing is assessed based on three testing categories: Hearing Sensitivity, Speech in Noise and a survey called Questionnaire. The survey determines how well you hear in everyday situations. 

After you complete the tests, your results are plotted on a graph where you can compare them to what the application defines as normal. You can also measure your results against the hearing performance of your family and friends. 

uHear provides users accessible facts and information about how the human ear works, as well as some pretty helpful tips to prevent further hearing loss.

The whole process takes about six minutes. Even better, the app is free. This no-risk approach can curb your curiosity without having to call a doctor. If you do notice something wrong and decide to visit a health care professional, uHear uses a GPS system on the iPhone or WiFi capability on the iPod Touch to find a doctor in your area.

It’s a step up from self-diagnosis on the Internet, and is just as cost-effective.

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Caitlin M. Foyt

Caitlin M. Foyt is another young journalist chasing after her dreams. She wishes it was physically possible to document everything she saw, heard, felt or thought -- kind of like a more neurotic Harriet the Spy.

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