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The future of hearing consultations could be digital, pilot program suggests

The Danish Health Data Authority has conducted a program where patients met with ear specialists digitally, concluding that neither quality nor patient satisfaction is compromised compared to traditional doctor visits.

Usually, when patients are being consulted about hearing loss solutions, the consultation takes place at an ear specialist’s clinic. However, the Danish Health Data Authority is now asking whether this could be done differently.

The authority has just publicized results from a pilot project dubbed Inhear, in which 751 Danish nationals with hearing loss have participated since the study started in March 2021. The overall conclusion: Digital consultations are just as safe for patients as conventional doctor’s appointments, and are of at least the same quality, according to a press release.

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