Online digital audiometry vs. conventional audiometry: a multi-centre comparative clinical study

Thai-Van H, Joly C, Idriss S, Melki J, Desmettre M, Bonneuil M, Veuillet E, Ionescu E & Reynard P. Online digital audiometry vs. conventional audiometry: a multi-centre comparative clinical study. International Journal of Audiology. 2022 Mar;

The data in this report demonstrate that the air and bone conduction thresholds measured using the online digital audiometer are no different from those obtained using a conventional audiometer. As such, the online digital audiometer is a clinically reliable tool for accurate hearing assessment. This new method is highly sensitive and produces clinically relevant results.

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Validation of SHOEBOX QuickTest Hearing Loss Screening Tool in Individuals With Cognitive Impairment

Frank A, Goldlist S, Fraser A, & Bromwich M. Validation of SHOEBOX QuickTest Hearing Loss Screening Tool in Individuals With Cognitive Impairment. Front. Digit. Health. 2021 Sept;

SHOEBOX QuickTest is a valid hearing loss screening tool for individuals with cognitive impairment. Implementing this iPad-based screening tool in memory clinics could not only aid in the timely diagnosis of hearing loss, but also assist physicians in providing a better assessment of cognitive impairment by ruling out hearing loss as a confounding variable.

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Adult validation of a self-administered tablet audiometer

Mark Bastianelli, Amy E. Mark, Arran McAfee, David Schramm, Renée Lefrançois and Matthew Bromwich.
J. of Otolaryngol- Head & Neck Surg, 48, 59 (2019)

Three groups of adults were recruited from the Ottawa Hospital Audiology Clinic. For Group 1, the sensitivity and specificity were 96% and 100%, respectively compared to conventional audiometry. Group 2 participants had clinically equivalent word recognition results for 96.2% of scores. For test-retest (Group 3), the mean difference for the left ear was 0 dB (SD 2.1) and 0.1 dB (SD= 1.1) for the right ear.

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Accuracy of Mobile-Based Audiometry in the Evaluation of Hearing Loss in Quiet and Noisy Environments

Saliba J, Al-Reefi M, Carriere JS, Varma N, Provencal C, Rappaport JM.
J. of Otolaryngol Head and Neck Surg. 2016 Dec 1, DOI: 10.1177/0194599816683663 PMID:28025906

SHOEBOX Audiometry and a consumer app were compared to conventional audiometry in quiet, and 50 dB of noise in adults. Sensitivity and specificity were 100% and 95.9%, respectively, for identifying moderate hearing loss (40 dB PTA) in quiet. Compared to conventional audiometry 95.8% of thresholds in quiet and 91.3% of threshold in noise were within 10 dB.

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Accuracy of a Tablet Audiometer for Measuring Behavioural Hearing Thresholds in a Clinical Population.

Thompson GP, Sladen DP, Borst BJ, Still OL.
J of Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2015 Nov;153(5):838-42. DOI: 10.1177/0194599815593737 PMID: 26183518.

SHOEBOX Audiometry administered in a quiet clinic room was compared to the results of conventional audiometry in a sound-treated room. Frequencies included 500 Hz, 1000 Hz, 2000 Hz and 4000 Hz. A total of 95% of thresholds were within 10 dB of conventional audiometry. Sensitivity and specificity were 90% and 89%, respectively.

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The new age of play audiometry: prospective validation testing of an iPad-based play audiometer

Yeung J, Javidnia H, Heley S, Beauregard Y, Champagne S, Bromwich M.
Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg. 2013 Mar 11;42:21. DOI: 10.1186/1916-0216-42-21 PMID: 23663317

SHOEBOX Audiometry was validated against traditional play audiometry in 70 children and youth between the ages of 3 and 13 years. SHOEBOX Audiometry was found to have a sensitivity of 93.3%, specificity of 94.5%, a positive predictive value of 82.3% and negative predictive value of 98.1%.

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