Healthy Hearing wins two Digital Health Awards
We don’t often toot our own horns but we thought this was one horn worth hearing:
Healthy Hearing was the recipient of two Digital Health Awards. The organization, dedicated to educating those about hearing loss and hearing aids, received a Bronze award for an article, “Ten questions to ask your hearing healthcare professional,” and a merit award for the website category for its website.
“These honors confirm what our readers tell us each week and why we have almost 1.5 million visitors a year to the website,” said Paul Dybala Ph.D., president of Healthy Hearing. “We produce some of the best information anywhere on the web as it relates to hearing loss and hearing aids.”
The “Ten questions” article, written by Debbie Clason just this last September, was a popular article on the website and social media channels, Dybala said. Relaying tips for one’s first trip to a hearing healthcare professional, the article gave information in an easy-to-read format.
“Good for you. You’ve noticed you’re not hearing as well as you used to and have decided to have your hearing tested by a hearing healthcare professional. That’s a smart decision,” the article reads.
It continues to unravel the goings-on of a hearing evaluation, what to expect and offers 10 questions to ask in order to get the most out of that first visit. Most important, the article explains why it’s important to ask each question.
“Anytime you visit a health professional for the first time, especially for a condition that is new to you, information overload inevitably occurs,’ Dybala added. “This hopefully promotes better retention of information and an improved clinic visit.”
In addition to winning the bronze medal for the “Ten questions” article, Healthy Hearing also received merit for its website, “Healthy Hearing — Be part of the conversation.”
Dybala was especially excited about receiving merit honors for the website, which was revamped just this last fall. Some of the winners of the category included the American Academy of Neurology (a professional society representing more than 28,000 neurologists and neuroscientists in the U.S.), DaVita Kidney Care, Johns Hopkins Medicine (a $7.7 billion integrated global health enterprise and leading health care system in the U.S.), the Mayo Clinic, Medtronic, Parkland Health & Hospital System and United Healthcare (the largest single health insurance provider in the U.S.).
“We’re the only organization solely focused on hearing and hearing loss that won an award,” Dybala said. “To have our website compete against these and other well respected organizations speaks volumes to the effort we put into listening to our readers and taking the time to produce quality articles and information that can help during their journey of improved hearing.”
The awards are judged by a panel of health technology professionals who score each entry in each category based on content, format, success in reaching the targeted health audience and overall quality. The content comprises 60 percent of the score while the design, creativity and user experience is valued at 40 percent of the total score. Each entry received a score from 1 to 100.
The Digital Health Awards is organized by Health Information Resource Center, a national clearinghouse for professionals who work in consumer fields. Both the Digital Health Awards and the Health Information Resource Center are independent and not affiliated with any organization or company that enters the competition.