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Validation of an iPod-Based Hearing Screening for a Pediatric Population Open Access
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University of Alberta
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Greidanus, Krista R
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Hodgetts, Bill (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
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Ho, Allan (Surgery)
McFarlane, Lu-anne (Speech Pathology and Audiology)
Department of Speech Pathology and Audiology
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Master of Science
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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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