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HTM Receives Phase II SBIR Grant from NIH

Alan M. Letzt, President and CEO of Healthcare Technologies and Methods, LLC (HTM), is pleased to announce that, “HTM was awarded a Phase II small business innovation research (SBIR) grant for NIH’s National Institute on Aging.”

The project, which is a competitive follow-on of HTM’s Phase I SBIR grant, aims to solve a significant public health problem: Aging patients with hearing loss often do not receive the educational reinforcement and aftercare required for optimal hearing aid use, maintenance and satisfaction. The current aftercare deficit too often results in hearing aids being rarely used, returned to the audiologist or left in a drawer. Furthermore, hearing loss, when left untreated in older adults, leads to an increased incidence of dementia, risk of falls, social isolation, depression, and reduced quality of life.

In this Phase II project, HTM will enhance and expand the capabilities and content of the Phase I prototype TELLYHealth system. HTM also will conduct a randomized controlled trial (RCT) of TELLYHealth with older adult patients who will be receiving their first hearing aids. The major hypotheses of the RCT are that TELLYHealth will empower patients who use TELLYHealth resulting in improved patient outcomes and reduced time required for audiologists to provide complete and effective after care. The TELLYHealth system developed in this project will be ready for commercial use.

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