An Online Hearing Screening TestBy Hou, Zezhang, PhD; Dai, Huanping, PhD; Hearing Review, Vol. 11, No. 11, pp. 48-49
Publication Date: October 2004
Article focuses on the Online-Hearing Test, which was developed by Apherma Corporation. The Online-Hearing Test was designed to allow people to perform self-administrated listening comparisons on the Internet in order to assess their own hearing abilities. The test results should provide the consumer with useful information about the status of their hearing. The Online-Hearing Test consists of two parts. In Part One, the hearing threshold of a “normal-hearing” listener is measured to establish the reference for the specific computer audio system used for the tests. This serves as calibration system for the sound system. In Part Two, the threshold of the individual with suspected hearing loss is measured against the same settings for the “normal-hearing” reference listener. The difference in the two thresholds is interpreted as a measure of the amount of hearing loss of the testing participant. The author clarifies that the Online-Hearing Test is not meant to replace the more accurate traditional assessment performed by qualified hearing care professionals. The Online-Hearing Test can be found online at http://www.apherma.com/web2004/test.htm.
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