SoundSpace Online: The Development of an Online Resource About Hearing Loss Purpose The Internet has been a growing source of health information on hearing loss, but the information provided often varies in quality, readability, and usability. Additionally, the information is provided across a wide range of domains, making access challenging to those who need it. This research forum article describes the ... Research Forum
Research Forum  |   September 01, 2015
SoundSpace Online: The Development of an Online Resource About Hearing Loss
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Zheng Yen Ng
    The Ear Foundation, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Sue Archbold
    The Ear Foundation, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • Connie Mayer
    York University, Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Imran Mulla
    The Ear Foundation, Nottingham, United Kingdom
  • 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 Zheng Yen Ng: zheng@earfoundation.org.uk
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes
    Editor and Associate Editor: Larry Humes×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Research Forum: Internet and Audiology
Research Forum   |   September 01, 2015
SoundSpace Online: The Development of an Online Resource About Hearing Loss
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 289-292. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0086
History: Received December 18, 2014 , Revised April 19, 2015 , Accepted April 26, 2015
 
American Journal of Audiology, September 2015, Vol. 24, 289-292. doi:10.1044/2015_AJA-14-0086
History: Received December 18, 2014; Revised April 19, 2015; Accepted April 26, 2015
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Purpose The Internet has been a growing source of health information on hearing loss, but the information provided often varies in quality, readability, and usability. Additionally, the information is provided across a wide range of domains, making access challenging to those who need it. This research forum article describes the development of a new website, SoundSpace Online (Ng, Archbold, Mayer, & Mulla, 2014), which aims to tackle these issues and bring together information and resources for all those concerned with hearing loss.

Method The SoundSpace Online website's current developmental state was reached through the following methods: (a) discussions with a group of individuals that included experts in e-learning, education, research, and hearing loss; (b) interviews with different target groups (e.g., users, families, and professionals); and (c) collaboration with contributors.

Result The website is structured to become a go-to resource on various topics related to hearing loss, providing accurate, comprehensive, and functional information and resources at varying levels of complexity for the intended users.

Conclusion The literature and the range of interest have illustrated the need for an up-to-date website providing information and resources on hearing loss. Challenges include monitoring and keeping the website up to date; in this article, a plan of action is discussed. The website is currently in development, with plans for a launch in the near future.

Acknowledgments
The SoundSpace Online website is supported by Cochlear UK, The University of Nottingham, Nottingham Hearing Biomedical Research Unit, Medilink East Midlands, Oticon Medical, and the European Regional Development Fund. We would like to thank our communication groups, attendees of the First International Meeting on Internet and Audiology (Linköping, Sweden, October 2014), Noel Cudden, Heather Wharrad, and all contributors to the website for their valuable input and advice.
This study did not ask for clinical data or patient information. Therefore, no ethical permissions were needed. The Ear Foundation complies with the Data Protection Act.
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