Delivering an Audiology Outreach Clinic in Gujarat: Clinical observations and challenges

Davies, Jeff
Indian Journal of Otology, 2018, DOI: 10.4103/indianjotol.INDIANJOTOL_70_17

Audiology staff and students from De Montfort University delivered an audiology outreach clinic in Wankaner, Gujarat, with the aim of providing free audiological examination, hearing tests, and hearing aids to local residents with hearing loss. Over 2 days, 170 participants (aged 6–94 years) were screened. Pure tone audiogram hearing screening (0.5 kHz – 8 kHz) was performed using portable SHOEBOX audiometers calibrated to ANSI standards.

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HIV status and hearing loss among children between 6 and 12 years of age at a large urban health facility in south western Uganda

Nakku D, Nyaiteera V, Llowet E, Nanseera D, Nakalema G, Westerberg B, Bajunirwe F.
Int J Ped Otorhinolaryngol 2017; 101:172-177. doi: 10.1016/j.ijporl.2017.08.011

Cross-sectional study evaluating prevalence of hearing loss in HIV positive children compared to HIV negative children, and the characteristics associated with hearing loss. The prevalence of hearing loss was similar between HIV positive (8.8%) and HIV negative (10.1%) children. A significant, positive association was observed between age, previous ear infection and tuberculosis treatment, and hearing loss.

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Prevalence of Hearing Loss in Teachers of Singing and Voice Students

Isaac MJ, McBroom DH, Nguyen SA, Halstead LA.
J Voice. 2016 Nov 10. pii: S0892-1997(16)30216-8. DOI: 10.1016/j.jvoice.2016.10.003 PMID: 27839986

SHOEBOX Audiometry was used to test hearing status of voice teachers and voice students to determine the prevalence of hearing loss within this population (n= 158). Hearing loss (30 dB at any frequency) was observed in 51.7% of teachers and 7.5% of students.

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Tablet Audiometry in Canada’s North: A Portable and Efficient Method for Hearing Screening.

Rourke R, Kong DC, Bromwich M.
J. of Otolaryngol - Head Neck Surg. 2016 Sep;155(3):473-8. DOI: 10.1177/0194599816644407 PMID: 27118819

SHOEBOX Audiometry was used as part of an elementary school hearing screening initiative in three remote communities in Northern Canada. All children were able to complete the test, independent of primary language. A total of 218 children were tested within the fours of testing including two examiners and three SHOEBOX Audiometry units.

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Mobile tablet audiometry in fluctuating autoimmune ear disease

Kohlert S, Bromwich M.
J. of Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. (2017) 46:18 DOI:10.1186/s40463-017-0195-1 PMID: 28270231

A case study of a patient with autoimmune inner ear disease included home testing with SHOEBOX Audiometry to monitor fluctuations in hearing status. A total of 64 audiograms were completed over a nine-month period at home. An additional nine audiograms were completed in clinic with SHOEBOX Audiometry.

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A new iPad application for hearing screening in children.

Ellaham N, Yilma Y., Jourdan G-V, and Bromwich M.
Canadian Acoustics. Vol. 39 No. 3 (2011) 118-119

This study describes the initial inception and subsequent development of the SHOEBOX Audiometry hearing assessment tool. Specific preliminary design considerations are covered including background noise monitoring and device calibration.

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