University of Michigan, Apple to Research Hearing Health

The new Apple Hearing Study will be available soon for users to participate in through a forthcoming Apple app, called the research app, which will be available for download by the end of 2019.

by Martin Slagter, MLive.com / September 10, 2019
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(TNS) — The University of Michigan is teaming up with Apple to examine the factors impacting hearing health, the tech giant announced Tuesday, Sept. 10.

According to Apple, the study is the first of its kind to collect data over time in order to understand how everyday noise exposure can impact hearing.

The Apple Hearing Study will be available to participate in through a new Apple app, called the Research app, which will be available for download later in 2019.

“We are excited about this unique opportunity to partner with Apple to determine how everyday activities affect our hearing,” UM School of Public Health Dean F. DuBois Bowman said in a release. “The information gleaned from this partnership will be critical for us to address the public health impact of various noise exposures on hearing loss in the United States.”

The study will measure users’ level of sound exposure. Analysis of this data over time will help researchers understand how everyday sound exposure can impact hearing.

The study data also will be shared with the World Health Organization as a contribution toward its Make Listening Safe initiative. The study is one of three announced by Apple, with other research focusing on women’s health and heart and movement.

Apple also unveiled the iPhone 11, a new iPad and smartwatch during a media event Tuesday.

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