Eversound participated in a 12-month study conducted by Front Porch Center for Innovation and Wellbeing (FPCIW) which explored the viability of new-age hearable devices. Eversound was shown to have a positive effect on resident quality of life by improving engagement, behavior and understanding. Both Eversound’s wireless group headphone system and several personal sound amplification systems were tested by over 600 participants in various senior living settings across all levels of care.
Results from the study confirmed the value of Eversound’s technology in correcting hearing loss as a way to help promote wellbeing and social engagement:
- 77.4% of participants were more engaged while wearing Eversound headphones.
- 63.8% mood/behavior improvement observed by care staff in memory care.
- 77.4% felt their Eversound device increased their understanding of the event.
- 47.8% increase in observed mood and behavior reported by staff in skilled nursing centers.
The goal of the study was to assess the impact of these listening devices on social engagement, quality of life and increased hearing abilities. Approximately 1 in 3 adults between the ages of 65 and 74 experience age-related hearing loss and this rate increases with age.
Because hearing loss contributes to cognitive decline, social isolation, increased risk of falls, and other negative health outcomes, technology that address hearing loss in social and community settings greatly reduces the risk of these health conditions.
Eversound was found to be most helpful in improving participation and engagement during multimodal activities, presentations and meetings. Due to its senior-specific design and ability to broadcast to multiple individual headsets at once, participants engaged at higher levels according to staff observations.
Residents also reported high levels of satisfaction with nearly 75 percent of participants stating they would wear Eversound headphones to future events.
Anecdotal evidence and interviews among community users, residents and staff found the Eversound system to be of great value in their senior living communities to promote overall health and wellbeing.
Read the full study from FPCIW here: Emerging Hearing Devices Help Re-Discover Sound
Read the full case study here: Eversound Improves Resident Wellbeing in New Study