Hearing Device Manufacturers Call for Interoperability and Standardization of Internet and Audiology Purpose This article describes the perspectives of hearing device manufacturers regarding the exciting developments that the Internet makes possible. Specifically, it proposes to join forces toward interoperability and standardization of Internet and audiology. Method A summary of why such a collaborative effort is required is provided from historical ... Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus  |   October 01, 2016
Hearing Device Manufacturers Call for Interoperability and Standardization of Internet and Audiology
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Ariane Laplante-Lévesque
    Eriksholm Research Centre, Oticon A/S, Snekkersten, Denmark
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • Harvey Abrams
    Starkey Hearing Technologies Inc., Eden Prairie, MN
  • Maja Bülow
    Widex A/S, Lynge, Denmark
  • Thomas Lunner
    Eriksholm Research Centre, Oticon A/S, Snekkersten, Denmark
    Linköping University, Sweden
  • John Nelson
    GN ReSound, Glenview, IL
  • Søren Kamaric Riis
    Oticon Medical A/S, Smørum, Denmark
  • Filiep Vanpoucke
    Cochlear Technology Centre, Mechelen, Belgium
  • Disclosure: All authors are employed by hearing device manufacturers. The authors declare that no other competing interests existed at the time of publication. No material in the manuscript is the copyrighted work of another individual or organization.
    Disclosure: All authors are employed by hearing device manufacturers. The authors declare that no other competing interests existed at the time of publication. No material in the manuscript is the copyrighted work of another individual or organization. ×
  • Correspondence to Ariane Laplante-Lévesque: arll@eriksholm.com
  • Editor and Associate Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar
    Editor and Associate Editor: Sumitrajit Dhar×
Article Information
Hearing Disorders / Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Telepractice & Computer-Based Approaches / Special Issue: Internet and Audiology / Clinical Focus
Clinical Focus   |   October 01, 2016
Hearing Device Manufacturers Call for Interoperability and Standardization of Internet and Audiology
American Journal of Audiology, October 2016, Vol. 25, 260-263. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0014
History: Received January 30, 2016 , Accepted March 5, 2016
 
American Journal of Audiology, October 2016, Vol. 25, 260-263. doi:10.1044/2016_AJA-16-0014
History: Received January 30, 2016; Accepted March 5, 2016

Purpose This article describes the perspectives of hearing device manufacturers regarding the exciting developments that the Internet makes possible. Specifically, it proposes to join forces toward interoperability and standardization of Internet and audiology.

Method A summary of why such a collaborative effort is required is provided from historical and scientific perspectives. A roadmap toward interoperability and standardization is proposed.

Results Information and communication technologies improve the flow of health care data and pave the way to better health care. However, hearing-related products, features, and services are notoriously heterogeneous and incompatible with other health care systems (no interoperability). Standardization is the process of developing and implementing technical standards (e.g., Noah hearing database). All parties involved in interoperability and standardization realize mutual gains by making mutually consistent decisions. De jure (officially endorsed) standards can be developed in collaboration with large national health care systems as well as spokespeople for hearing care professionals and hearing device users. The roadmap covers mutual collaboration; data privacy, security, and ownership; compliance with current regulations; scalability and modularity; and the scope of interoperability and standards.

Conclusions We propose to join forces to pave the way to the interoperable Internet and audiology products, features, and services that the world needs.

Acknowledgments
Part of this work was presented at the Second International Meeting on Internet & Audiology, Eriksholm Research Centre, Oticon A/S, Snekkersten, Denmark, September 24–25, 2015.
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