User-Operated Audiometry Project (UAud) - Introducing an Automated User-Operated System for Audiometric Testing Into Everyday Clinic Practice

Christos Sidiras*, Raul Sanchez-Lopez, Ellen Raben Pedersen, Chris Bang Sørensen, Jacob Nielsen, Jesper Schmidt

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Abstract

Hearing loss is the third leading cause of years lived with disability. It is estimated that 430 million people worldwide are affected, and the number of cases is expected to increase in the future. There is therefore increased pressure on hearing health systems around the world to improve efficiency and reduce costs to ensure increased access to quality hearing health care. Here, we describe the User-Operated Audiometry project, the goal of which is to introduce an automated system for user-operated audiometric testing into everyday clinic practice as a means to relieve part of this pressure. The alternative to the existing referral route is presented in which examination is executed via the user-operated system. This route is conceptualized as an interaction between the patient, the system, and the hearing care professional (HCP). Technological requirements of the system and challenges that are related to the interaction between patients, the user-operated system, and the HCPs within the specific medical setting are discussed. Lastly, a strategy for the development and implementation of user-operated audiometry is presented, which includes initial investigations, a validation study, and implementation in a real-life clinical situation.
Original languageEnglish
Article number724748
JournalFrontiers in Digital Health
Volume3
Number of pages7
ISSN2673-253X
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7. Oct 2021

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