Apps for Hearing Science and Care Purpose Our research aims at the identification and assessment of applications (referred to as apps) in the hearing health care domain. This research forum article presents an overview of the current availability, affordability, and variety of hearing-related apps. Method The available apps were reviewed by searching on the ... Research Forum
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Apps for Hearing Science and Care
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Alessia Paglialonga
    Istituto di Elettronica e di Ingegneria dell'Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Milan, Italy
  • Gabriella Tognola
    Istituto di Elettronica e di Ingegneria dell'Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Milan, Italy
  • Francesco Pinciroli
    Istituto di Elettronica e di Ingegneria dell'Informazione e delle Telecomunicazioni, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Milan, Italy
    e-HealthLAB, Politecnico di Milano, Milan, Italy
  • Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication.
    Disclosure: The authors have declared that no competing interests existed at the time of publication. ×
  • Correspondence to Alessia Paglialonga: alessia.paglialonga@polimi.it
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing & Speech Perception / Hearing Disorders / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Research Forum: Internet and Audiology
Research Forum   |   September 01, 2015
Apps for Hearing Science and Care
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 293-298. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0093
History: Received December 24, 2014 , Revised April 23, 2015 , Accepted April 26, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 293-298. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0093
History: Received December 24, 2014; Revised April 23, 2015; Accepted April 26, 2015
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Purpose Our research aims at the identification and assessment of applications (referred to as apps) in the hearing health care domain. This research forum article presents an overview of the current availability, affordability, and variety of hearing-related apps.

Method The available apps were reviewed by searching on the leading platforms (iOS, Android, Windows Phone stores) using the keywords hearing, audiology, audio, auditory, speech, language, tinnitus, hearing loss, hearing aid, hearing system, cochlear implant, implantable device, auditory training, hearing rehabilitation, and assistive technology/tool/device. On the basis of the offered services, apps were classified into 4 application domains: (a) screening and assessment, (b) intervention and rehabilitation, (c) education and information, and (d) assistive tools.

Conclusions A large variety of apps are available in the hearing health care domain. These cover a wide range of services for people with hearing or communication problems as well as for hearing professionals, families, or informal caregivers. This evolution can potentially bring along considerable advantages and improved outcomes in the field of hearing health care. Nevertheless, potential risks and threats (e.g., safety, quality, effectiveness, privacy, and regulation) should not be overlooked. Significant research—particularly in terms of assessment and guidance—is still needed for the informed, aware, and safe adoption of hearing-related apps by patients and professionals.

Acknowledgment
Part of this work was presented at the First International Meeting on Internet and Audiology in Linköping, Sweden, October 3 to 4, 2014.
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