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Residents of senior living communities soon may get access to new technology designed to improve connectivity and reduce social isolation among older hearing-impaired adults, thanks to a healthcare acquisition announced Monday.

Uniguest, a global leader in digital engagement for the senior living and other industries, announced the acquisition of Eversound, a technology and content provider specializing in creating engagement for senior living communities to improve quality of life for residents.

Three Cornell University classmates founded Eversound in 2015 in the school’s e-Lab business accelerator with the goal of improving social connectivity and quality of life for older adults with hearing loss and cognitive decline. The technology currently is used by tens of thousands of older adults in more than 1,000 communities, according to the company, which said the acquisition will help expand its reach even farther. 

“We have worked with Uniguest through its Touchtown solution and have seen firsthand that they share our vision of delivering a more engaging senior living experience,” Jake Reisch, CEO and co-founder at Eversound, said in a news release. “In addition to supporting the continued development of our products, Uniguest will provide enhanced services allowing us to impact even more residents than we do today.”

According to the National Council on Aging, about one-third of older adults aged 65 to 74 are hearing-impaired. This deficit can result in mental health issues, such as depression, anxiety, social isolation and cognitive decline.  

Eversound technology is designed to reduce social isolation, slow cognitive decline and break down barriers common in a senior living environment. Its membership program provides advanced wireless headphones to increase accessibility for residents of varying levels of hearing loss, and access to a curated library of interactive content programs designed for older adults.