Unitron, Changing The Future Of Hearing Healthcare

Delivering Collaborative Care and Focused Technology

Patient insights and log it all

So, many of you will know I like Unitron as a company, their devices are pretty good but it is their culture and vision that really does it for me. They are the only company that really focuses on supporting their customers for the future. That is a big statement and I am not trying to denigrate any other manufacturer here. Each manufacturer in the industry pours real money into customer support, be it marketing or business development. However, none of them so far have focused on helping customers protect themselves from the future, none but Unitron.

Focused on supporting their customers for the future

This isn’t an infomercial, so I suppose I better get off my ass and qualify that statement before my friends at Widex come around my house and smack me one. Unitron has introduced technology features that allow us to meet the new healthcare consumer. The new healthcare consumer is switched on, they already have technology in their life and they expect technology to help make their life better. They like to have control, in healthcare they like to be a collaborator, not just the dummy who gets told what to do.

The Lies You Are Telling Yourself is Called Cognitive Bias

This new healthcare consumer is here right now, all this stuff you are telling yourself about how your customers aren’t like that is bunkum. How many of you reading this right now are thinking “sure my customers won’t be interested in this type of thing”? That ladies and gentlemen, is called cognitive bias, just because you are a Luddite who is afraid of technology, doesn’t mean that your customers are. More importantly, it doesn’t mean that your future customers will be.

Stop telling yourself lies

Many of your customers right now are chafing at the bit to be involved in a deeper way in their healthcare. Many of your customers right now would like a way to be involved in a deeper manner in the choice of hearing aid technology they should wear. Many of your customers right now are terrified that they will make the wrong choice and spend money on devices that they will be unhappy with and more importantly stuck with. Unitron has considered all of this and delivered technology that will allow you to meet those needs.

Changing How Hearing Aids are Provided

With flex trial, log it all and flex upgrade, Unitron has delivered the technology to change how hearing aids are provided. They help put the focus on collaboration with the customer and evidence based choice of hearing aid technology. They give control to the customer and allow the provider to collaborate with them in a deeper way. The tech delivers evidence from the consumers life, evidence based on their real-time interaction. It allows the provider to really understand in a deeper manner the needs of a consumer. It also allows the provider to reassure the consumer that they are making the right choice and if their needs change, there is a fallback plan with flex upgrade. So that’s:

  • Deeper Collaboration
  • Deeper understanding of lifestyle needs
  • Evidence based choice of hearing aid
  • Reassurance that if things change, so can the hearing aid

This ain’t a love letter to Unitron though

What’s not to like?

All of this and more, can be delivered by the technology that Unitron has provided, I haven’t even mentioned the Patient Insights app and how it drives that deeper collaboration and provides real-time feedback to the provider, that is perhaps for another article. However, this isn’t an homage or a love letter to Unitron, they have delivered some pretty amazing technology that allows the process of provision of hearing aids to change. They have delivered technology that will allow us to meet new customers on their terms, however, up to now they haven’t delivered a road map for us to use.

That is a fatal flaw, this tech really falls within a whole new way of thinking, a whole new process for selling hearing aids. However, they haven’t set out that process, they haven’t outlined the nuts and bolts of it. They came up with the tech and just handed it over for us to sort it out, you know that probably wasn’t the brightest idea. Because you know, we are lazy, I mean busy, yeah busy that’s what we are. We don’t necessarily have the time to really think this out, to lay out the strategy to use this technology to step our business up.

Underestimating The Lazy Busy

So Unitron, you need to identify the strategy that needs to be used, identify the process and how it will fit into a busy Practice. Strategize around the who does what when and how that will look in a Practice. Because that is where your strategy is failing, you forgot that no one really likes change even when it is good for them.

In finishing, yes other manufacturers provide support, in fact other manufacturers have provided deep support designed to establish the authority of a Practice (Widex and the Zen Protocols), but no manufacturer other than Unitron has designed technology features that will meet the needs of the modern healthcare consumer. Without being flippant, Practice owners are busy under pressure animals, so Unitron if you are listening, use those big brains to formulate protocols and processes that allow Practice owners to introduce the tech that will establish them as forward thinking healthcare providers.

About Geoffrey Cooling

my name is Geoffrey Cooling and I am the author here at Just Audiology Stuff. I have been involved in the Hearing Healthcare Profession for several years now. I initially worked as a Hearing Healthcare Professional for a large national retailer in Ireland. After several years in Practice I was approached to work for a manufacturer, where I was employed for five years. I am now the Co Founder of a business called Audiology Engine. We design websites, undertake content marketing and generally look after everything digital for audiological practices. I am also a contributor to many hearing profession periodicals and websites. I have written two commercially available books, The Little Book of Hearing Aids which is written for hearing aid consumers and Audiology Marketing in a Digital World which is written for Audiology Practice Owners. They are both available in Paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon. I also write for consumers on the website Hearing Aid Know, which is a website with the mission of demystifying hearing aids, their types and their technology. I have a great interest in commercial strategy as it applies to Healthcare in general and specifically to Hearing Healthcare. I also have a great interest in the psychology of sales and human interaction. I have been involved with social media for some time, both personally and professionally. I find the engagement and discourse on some social media channels fascinating. I instituted social media strategy for the company I worked for as an experiment. That experiment soon spread throughout the company and I am proud to say that the company is probably one of the most active in the industry. I would like to point out that all views, opinions and thoughts here are mine own. Unless of course they have been planted by the pod people, you just can’t take your eyes off the pod people. Those views do not necessarily reflect upon any views or opinions held by my employer, if I ever get another one. I think that our industry is in the middle of a time of huge change, I think that the change will be forced by both internal and external pressure. I think that private Independent Healthcare Practices will have to be smart and lithe of feet in order to meet these changes. I hope that some of my blatherings are of benefit to those Practices, Independent Hearing Healthcare Practices need to survive. I believe that if that occurs it will be of real benefit to Patients. I hope that I, and my writings will play a small part in their continued success.

2 Comments

  1. Hi Geoff,
    Thanks so much for the fair and balanced blog post!

    I am glad you appreciate our vision for how we will support our customers in the exciting future that is rapidly becoming a reality. Faster than many realize.
    Unitron’s success in that future is obviously tightly bound to making our customers successful.

    And you make an excellent point in your conclusions. With any disruptive technology comes a new way of thinking, a new way of working.
    Which means change….and we all know change is hard even if we appreciate the value it will bring. Broader healthcare has seen this on a large scale with electronic health records through to more isolated cases like how to efficiently and effectively bring in complex information like remote cardiac monitoring data into a physicians’ workflow. While more work remains, great strides have been made in integrating those new technologies and workflows and we are seeing the corresponding improvements in patient care.

    From our perspective, hearing healthcare is no different. We realize that the adoption of some of these technologies and new ways of thinking will take time. We are continually asking ourselves how we better create a system that allows our customers to easily bring these new ways of working, and the benefits, into their practice in as seamless a manner as possible.
    We strongly believe that these new technologies will make for a better experience of the patient, better outcomes in their aural rehabilitation which will drive better penetration.
    This is new grounds for us, and yes we have taken the first steps; now we are working closely with some early adopters, their learning and experiences will pave the way for more customers, you will continue to see us provide more tools and strategies to help the hearing health care providers implement these changes.
    If you have further suggestions, don`t hesitate to reach out.

    Kind regards,
    André de Goeij

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