Innovation  |   December 2003
Internet Application to Tele-Audiology—"Nothin' but Net"
 
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Hearing Disorders / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches
Innovation   |   December 2003
Internet Application to Tele-Audiology—"Nothin' but Net"
American Journal of Audiology, December 2003, Vol. 12, 59-65. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2003/011)
History: Received July 21, 2003 , Accepted September 8, 2003
 
American Journal of Audiology, December 2003, Vol. 12, 59-65. doi:10.1044/1059-0889(2003/011)
History: Received July 21, 2003; Accepted September 8, 2003

The Telehealth program at East Carolina University has developed a system for real-time assessment of auditory thresholds using computer driven control of a remote audiometer via the Internet. The present study used 45 adult participants in a double-blind study of 2 different systems: a conventional audiometer and an audiometer operated remotely via the Internet. The audiometric thresholds assessed by these 2 systems varied by no more than 1.3 dB for air conduction and 1.2 dB for bone conduction. The results demonstrated the feasibility of this new "telehearing" audiometric system. With the rapid development of Internet-based applications, telehealth has the potential to provide important healthcare coverage for rural areas where specialized audiological services are lacking.

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