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Subject/Keyword
iPod
Pediatric
Hearing screening
Type of item
Thesis
Degree grantor
University of Alberta
Author or creator
Greidanus, Krista R
Supervisor and department
Hodgetts, Bill (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Examining committee member and department
Ho, Allan (Surgery)
McFarlane, Lu-anne (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Department
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
Specialization
Speech Pathology
Date accepted
2013-01-03T13:24:01Z
Graduation date
2013-06
Degree
Master of Science
Degree level
Master's
Abstract
Objective: This study we explore the validity of using the uHearTM application on an Apple Incorporated’s, iOS product to test hearing thresholds in a pediatric population. Methods: 52 participants, ages 5 to12 had their hearing tested in 3 ways. A portable screening audiometer was used as the gold standard for hearing. Hearing was also tested using the uHearTM app from Unitron and again with a set of noise reducing earmuffs. Additionally, a parent questionnaire was administered that explored behavioral factors that may have influenced performance. Results: Results indicated the uHear currently does not measure hearing thresholds as accurately as the audiometer, resulting in many false positives results. The parent questionnaire showed no strong correlations between the measures and the uHear results. Discussion: The uHear is not currently accurate in its hearing threshold measurement. However, it has some promising aspects that may make it a valuable tool in the future.
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English
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doi:10.7939/R3S725
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