Tablet Audiometry for Remote Region Access

Hearing Health & Technology Matters LogoOutreach work comes with many challenges, not the least of which is transportation of medical equipment. As an ENT surgeon, I travel with a portable audiometer. Typically, this device is a donated, tabletop, wired suitcase device with a handle. We have traveled to remote communities up north and to our outreach work in east Africa using these types of devices. Tablet audiometry helps overcome some of these challenges.

Another challenge is that these remote areas also suffer from inconsistent access to care as specialists may only visit a few times a year. It is not unusual for patients to have been waiting for weeks, months, or even years to be seen by a specialist.

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Daily Home Hearing Test? A Teenager’s Journey with Hearing Loss.

Hearing Health and Technology Matters logoLike most clinical tests, audiometry produces only a snapshot of a single point in time. For that single moment, you know the truth, but only for that one moment.  Unfortunately, many diseases are either fluctuating or progressive in nature and these snapshots can be misleading and must therefore be understood in a broader clinical context.

A recent patient of mine had an unusual situation with profound unilateral sensorineural deafness and a contralateral ear with a condition called ‘Auto-Immune Inner Ear Disease’1. His ability to hear in his good ear would change, sometimes quite dramatically, over the course of any given day.

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Nunavut docs turn to iPad app to deal with territory’s hearing loss ‘crisis’

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A new, simple technology is allowing Iqaluit doctors to better diagnose ear infections and hearing loss — an issue that affects children in Nunavut at a rate far higher than the rest of Canada.

Pediatrician Holden Sheffield has been working at the Qikiqtani General Hospital in Iqaluit since last summer. In November, he started using an iPad outfitted with “ShoeBox,” which was designed to test children for hearing loss.

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Press Release: Clearwater Clinical Introduces Mobile Screening Tool for Hearing Clinics and Retailers

OTTAWA, ONTARIO – April 6, 2017 – Clearwater Clinical Limited, a leading provider of medical-grade hearing health mobile devices and cloud-based data management solutions, is incorporating a simple screening tool into its product suite of mobile audiology devices with the launch of SHOEBOX QuickTest. This simple, self-administered hearing test is the ultimate companion to the Standard and Pro Editions of SHOEBOX Audiometry, which is the world’s first clinically-validated iPad audiometer.

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Canadian startup ecosystem keeping medical sector innovations alive

Financial Post logoMike Weider is always looking for the next big idea. The software entrepreneur from Collingwood, Ont., has sold two startup companies, sits on the board of four others, advises two venture funds and is an active angel investor. So when a colleague introduced him to Ottawa ear, nose and throat physician Dr. Matt Bromwich, who had invented a mobile product called Shoebox Audiometry that increases early detection of hearing-related conditions, he wanted in.

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World Hearing Day 2017

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Now, an Ottawa-based firm called Clearwater Clinical, which manufactures SHOEBOX Audiometry — the first clinically validated portable iPad audiometer – has joined hands with a medical school at the University of Ottawa to develop the iHEAR program and curb hearing-related problems faced by people that often go unnoticed. Read the full story here.