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NHT in the News

“The National Hearing Test is making the public more aware that there is an inexpensive, fast and scientifically proven screening test for hearing loss.”
Trouble Hearing? Make the Call for a Telephone Test
Posted July 21, 2016, by Cathie Gandel, AARP

“All this month, Duracell is sponsoring the National Hearing Test (NHT), in honor of May as Better Hearing and Speech Month.”
Take the National Hearing Test This Month – for Free!
Posted May 18, 2016, by Charles S. Watson, Ph.D., in Hearing Health Foundation

“Hopefully this simple phone-based hearing test can lessen this human cost of hearing loss.”
This hearing test can be taken over the phone
Posted December 23, 2015, by Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian

“While Charles Watson’s research shows that most test-takers don’t follow up with a specialist, they’re still twice as likely to seek help as people who don’t get tested at all.”
Is everybody mumbling? Try a hearing test you take on the phone
National Public Radio and National Public, Ina Jaffe, aired/postedDecember 21, 2015

“Longer-term studies may show that electing to take a screening test and failing it is often an important initial step in a multi-stage process that ends with the purchase and successful use of hearing aids.”
Benefits of a telephone-administered national screening test
Audiology Today:  November/December 2015 – Volume 27 – Issue 6 – pp 42-49

“Sometimes, hearing screening is a less intimidating way for people who have questions about their hearing to start addressing these concerns and, eventually, visit an audiology office when a full diagnostic evaluation is needed.”
Telephone hearing test is a valid screening tool, study shows
Hearing Journal:  August 2015 – Volume 68 – Issue 8 – pp 9,10

Katherine Bouton, in her recent book Living Better with Hearing Loss (Workman, 2015), describes the National Hearing Test in detail and calls it a “promising new telephone-based test,” while noting questions about the accuracy of some other self-adminstered screening tests.

“Are Americans warming up to a free over-the-phone hearing test developed by Indiana University researchers and funded by a grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH)?”
Free national hearing test available by phone
Posted June 26, 2014, Amsterdam News, New York

“Within one month of the National Hearing Test’s first major national push, more than 30,000 Americans have used the service.”
Over-the-phone hearing test offered free through the end of June
Posted June 24, 2014, Insight News, Minneapolis, Minnesota

“The National Hearing Test is provided on a non-profit basis as a public service and has no financial connection with any hearing products or services.”
30,000 Americans take National Hearing Test in May; free period extends to last week of June
Posted June 23, 2014, The Indianapolis Recorder, Indianapolis, Indiana

“Have you ever been accused of having ‘selective hearing’?”
Over-the-phone hearing test offered free in June
Posted June 10, 2014, by Debbie Bock, The Westlake Bay Village Observer, Westlake, Ohio

“I have slight hearing loss in my right ear. I know this because I called the National Hearing Test.”
National Hearing Test offers free hearing screening from home through June
Posted June 4, 2014, by  Rebecca Catalanello, The Times-Picayune, New Orleans, Louisiana

“Left untreated, hearing loss can lead to job problems and income reduction, social isolation, embarrassment, and significantly lower quality of life.”
Make a free phone call to check your hearing
Posted June 6, 2014, The St. Louis American, St. Louis, Missouri

“Now hear this! With so many options in hearing aids, people with hearing loss can find real relief – and be able to enjoy music and socializing again.”
As we age, hearing loss is common – but quite treatable
Posted June 3, 2014, by Susan Bloom, The Asbury Park Press, Neptune, New Jersey

“The user’s accuracy is measured in real time to determine the extent of hearing loss.”
Free phone test screens for hearing loss
Posted June 1, 2014, Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville, Tennessee

“Experts in hearing loss say that one of their biggest challenges is getting people to admit they can’t hear.”
Hearing test via phone increases awareness
Posted May 31, 2014, by Misti Crane, The Columbus Dispatch, Columbus Ohio

As an initial step in diagnosing hearing loss, the National Hearing Test is a wonderful option.
Audiology Affiliates in Brooklyn available for comprehensive hearing testing recommended as follow-up to National Hearing Test
Posted May 28, 2014, Busbyway

A new hearing test available over the phone is free for the month of May.
Hearing test? Call it in
Posted May 28, 2014, Jacksonville Daily News, Jacksonville, North Carolina

“The National Hearing Test is a not-for-profit project available to anyone by phone.”
May is National Better Speech and Hearing Month
Posted May 22, 2014 by Scott Wegenast, AARP Kentucky

“If you suspect that your mom isn’t hearing as well as she used…”
Listen up: This hotline can check your hearing
Posted May 20, 2014, by Darla Carter, The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky

“Think you might be hard of hearing, but can’t bring yourself to get tested?”
Free hearing test available by telephone
Posted May 20, 2014, by Barb Berggoetz, The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis, Indiana

“The public can take a free telephone-based hearing test funded by the National Institutes of Health…”
Free hearing test offered by telephone
Posted May 19, 2014, The Albuquerque Journal, Albuquerque, New Mexico

“May is Better Speech and Hearing Month across America and in the spirit of awareness and hearing health, the National Hearing Test  is offering free hearing screenings during the entire month.”
Free hearing screenings during Better Speech and Hearing Month
Posted May 17, 2014, KCDHH by Kim Brannock (The Kentucky Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing),, Frankfort, Kentucky

“Typically, people wait seven to 10 years from the time they start having problems before they get their hearing checked, he said.”
How’s your hearing? Find out with free hearing test over the phone
Posted May 17, 2014, by Angela Townsend, Cleveland Plain Dealer, Cleveland, Ohio

“Cost is an obstacle for some people. A full test of your hearing can run $75 to $150, and often it’s not covered by insurance.”
Take this hearing test right now. I did, and the results were disturbing
Posted May 16, 2014 by Lenny Bernstein, The Washington Post, Washington DC

“The National Hearing Test, which recently launched in the area, will be offered at no cost through June 15.”
Telephone hearing test offered
Posted May 16, 2014, News and Tribune, Clark County, Indiana

“The test takes about 10 minutes and may be taken in the privacy of your home or business.”
Giving help, getting help, May 16
Posted May 16, 2014, The State, Columbia, South Carolina

The goal is to provide tens of millions of hearing-impaired adults in the U.S. with a valid test that is convenient and affordable.
A new hearing test available over the phone is free for month of May
Posted May 14, 2014, by Michele Munz, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, St. Louis, Missouri

“Early identification and treatment is important as untreated hearing loss is associated with communication problems with family.”
Free over-the-phone hearing test in May, part of Better Speech and Hearing Month
Posted May 14, 2014, KCDHH (The Kentucky Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing),, Frankfort, Kentucky

“You probably don’t even want to hear this — but if you’re past the age of 48, there’s almost a 50 percent chance your hearing isn’t all that it should be.”
What? A hearing test you can take on the phone?
Posted May 14, 2014, by Barbara Peters Smith, Herald Tribune, Sarasota, Florida

“Hearing loss is irreversible, but if caught early steps can be taken to keep it from worsening.”
Health Notes: Nemours, St. Vincent’s named to list of 150 Great Places to Work in Healthcare
Posted May 13, 2014, The Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Florida

“If you’ve ever wondered whether your hearing is sharp or has deteriorated, May is the month to find out.”
How’s your hearing? Take this free test over the phone to find out
Posted May 5, 2014, by Katy Muldoon, The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon

“The National Hearing Test is a not-for-profit project available to anyone by phone.”
Charlotte agency offers low-cost hearing aids for low-income

Posted May 5, 2014, by Karen Garloch, Charlotte Observer, Charlotte, North Carolina

“What makes it challenging is the level of static-like background noise compared to the volume of the prompts.”
Say what? Free do-it-yourself hearing test available by phone
Posted May 5, 2014, by Kathleen O’Brien, The Star-Ledger, New Jersey

“Think you might have hearing loss? The National Hearing Test, developed by scientists with funding from the National Institutes of Health, is free in May in recognition of Better Hearing and Speech Month.”
Free hearing test this month
Posted May 4, 2014, by Stephanie Innes, Arizona Daily Star, Tucson, Arizona

Great Day Live: “National Hearing Test’s Telephone Screenings”
Aired April 22, 2014, on WHAS 11, Louisville, Kentucky

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