Editor's Perspective

January - February 2016

Editorial written by Stavros Hatzopoulos

January - February  2016

The last few months  we had the opportunity to exchange some opinions on the possible directions the OAE Portal might take and whether we should introduce material geared for specific areas , showing a great expansion, such as India and Africa.  The material in the Portal was designed with the Hearing Scientist / Audiologist in mind . The last few years the FORUM space was opened to a greater non-professional public, but only this year we have realized that we need more information for the ordinary non professional people, mainly for families who seek information on hearing deficits and intervention strategies...

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Guest Editorials

November 2015 - January 2016: Use of OAEs in Telehealth (Teleaudiology) Applications

Guest editorial Mark Krumm, Ph.D and Vidya Ramkumar MS

November 2015 - January 2016: Use of OAEs in Telehealth (Teleaudiology) Applications

  About the guest Editors:                    Dr. Mark Krumm is an associate professor in the School of Speech Pathology and Audiology at Kent State University in Kent, Ohio (USA).  He has been involved with telehealth applications for over a decade and has published a number of papers describing audiology telehealth use with pure tone audiometry, otoacoustic emissions, immittance, video-otoscopy and the auditory brainstem response (ABR). Dr. Krumm has also chaired the American Speech Language and Hearing Association (ASHA) committee on Telepractice as well as the first American Academy of Audiology (AAA) task force on Telehealth.   Vidya Ramkumar...

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14/01/2016: News and Tips about Scopus

One of the most important services for scientific authors is related to Elsevier's Scopus platform. Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research. A possible disadvantage is that you cannot access its extensive services without a subscription (private or from your Institution).  In the first 2016 newsletter , the editors of Scopus provide interesting tips on how to use the...

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02/01/2016: Updates in the Forthcoming E…

The pages of the forthcoming Editorials have been up updated with the 2016 material. Also the pages on forthcoming meetings have been updated with information regarding the HEAL (Hearing Across the Lifespan) conference in Como , Italy (2-4 June 2016).

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30/11/2015: Updates on Mimosa Acoustics:…

Mimosa Acoustics has announced a new software release designed mainly for clinical researchers.  The latest handheld OtoStat wideband immittance and DPOAE system is now capable of  forward-pressure level (FPL) calibration. By calibrating using FPL, errors up to 20 dB stimulus-level are eliminated, and variability due to probe insertion depth and angle is greatly reduced. This is a limited edition release for early adopters who wish to investigate the benefits of FPL for their specific clinical populations and research interests. OtoStat 2.1 features: Based on the OtoStat 2.0 handheld touchscreen device, with OtoStation patient management software  In-the-ear calibration with FPL or SPL as the target level  Extended data export to...

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19/11/2015: Collaboration with the Journ…

We are very glad to announce a closer collaboration with the Journal of Hearing Science (JoHS), an emerging open access journal in the area of Audiology and ENT. All contributors to the OAE Portal material (guest-editorials , white papers, webinars, powerpoint presentations from conferences, etc) are eligible to be author candidates to the journal (after a peer review of course) with a minimum number of textual modifications (the Portal has open-format requirements  which are different than those of the JoHS). 

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17/11/2015: New MENUs

We have made a number of simple & esthetic changes in the MENUs that you use in the Portal . Analytically :    1. the FORUM menu now opens the corresponding page, without showing a cascade MENU as in the past. The reason for it is that the new Chrome & Firefox browsers for the Mac were displaying badly the cascade MENU. We still have this issue in the Who are we , but these are not  pages with a lot of traffic.  2. the Italian Portal pages & the OLD Portal content can be found in the left vertical menu with other...

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12/11/2015 : NEW collaborators are NEEDE…

We are seeking collaborators from areas where the hearing screening information is kind of difficult to get (India, Iran, Nothern, Central, & Southern Africa, Central America ),  so please if you reside in these areas  drop us a line and tell us what you think about the information we provide in the Portal and how we can establish a connection / collaboration with you.

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29/10/2015: Invitation to a ECho Initiat…

MIRRORED from the ECHO Initiate Web site:  We invite you to join the Early Childhood Hearing Outreach (ECHO) Initiative for an intermediate webinar focusing on Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE) hearing screening.  Early Head Start (EHS) programs already using OAE screening will have a chance to examine effective screening and follow-up practices. Staff can reflect on their own experiences and ask questions. They can also learn to improve screening skills and the administration of OAE hearing screening protocols. Topics for the webinar include: Obtaining a good probe fit Strategies for screening young children Screening and follow-up protocols Reporting children identified withpermanent hearing loss Who Should Attend? This webinar is designed...

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20/10/2015: Multiple frequency Tympanogr…

In late 2014 Interacoustics launched the Titan portable device, capable of recording OAEs and impedance tympanometry at various frequencies. The  novelty of Titan was the way Interacoustics selected to represent the tympanometric data, coined as wideBand Tympanometry. There is nothing new to the approach , the data from each tested tympanometric frequency are stacked in a 3D format , showing the areas of the middle ear where we have maximum absorbance and minimum reflectance of the incident acoustic energy. Recently Interacoustics built a video explaining the functionality of Wideband Tympanometry which can be a useful aid in the classroom and in...

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15/10/2015: ECHO Initiative : Webinar on…

MIRRORED From the ECHO Initiative pages :   Jeff Hoffman and Terry Foust recently presented a webinar to introduce state Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program staff to the basics of hearing and hearing loss. The audience response was so positive that we also wanted to make the information available to early  childhood education providers and families. The content will be particularly helpful to any parent who has a child undergoing audiological assessment and to the professionals who are serving that family.       The 70-minute webinar covers:   Anatomy of the ear Types of hearing loss Prevalence and causes of hearing loss Diagnostic tools and procedures  Audiogram fundamentals Hearing...

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12/10/2015: Meetings and Conferences

The Meetings and Conferences pages have been updated with the latest information about the HEaring Across Lifespan (HEAL) meeting , at lake Como (Italy) in the period  June 2-4 2016. 

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02/10/2015: Hearing Screening for Life m…

There is a considerable interest in the scientific community regarding the impact of hearing deficits in the quality of life  for adults > 65 y. There is a movement in the UK called "Hearing Screening for life" , which aims at informing the general public and the British government about hearing issues in the elderly life. Screening in this context is not the same as it is for the neonatal population (OAEs, ABR etc), but it follows standard audiological paradigms (pure tone testing, immitance tympanometry etc). Data from the UK movement suggest the following: "A recent cost-benefit analysis found that hearing...

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01/10/2015: MUSIC Stories from young Imp…

The pages of the OAE Forum have been updated with cases from young adults who have implanted at an early age and who have followed their passion in MUSIC. The data come from interviews and poster presentation of these patients during the first International meeting of Hearing Implants and MUSIC, which took place on July 16th in Warsaw, Poland. 

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21/09/2015 : New Book on Evoked Potentia…

The OAE Book section was updated with an Amazon Kindle 2015 release  of the Handbook of Evoked Potentials by James W.  Hall III. The eHandbook of Auditory Evoked Responses is a completely revised and updated digital version of the popular New Handbook of Auditory Evoked Responses (2007). The eHandbook is offers a clear yet comprehensive review of auditory evoked responses from the cochlea to the cortex including test principles, protocols, and procedures for clinical application. The latest advances in clinical research and applications are covered in the eHandbook among them the use of ECochG in ANSD and cochlear implantation, the clinical...

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11/09/2015: The future of Scientific Pub…

This announcement is not entirely related to the main topics of the OAE Portal,  but to Science and to Scientific Publishing. A new electronic Reader has been announced which integrates many interesting features, not present in the paper-version of scientific articles. Reader is a software platform that brings scientific and technical documents into the 21st century by adding intuitive navigation and rich context to scientific and technical documents. You can access manuscripts via a URL in your web browser and there is no software or app to install or configure. The project has been funded from the KickStarter platform, where you can...

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16/07/2015: Hearing Implants and Music

It is well known that Cochlear Implants can help young patients hear and participate in the sonic world. But what about the efficiency of these devices in helping young people pursue a carreer in MUSIC ?  The first International Scientific Conference on "Hearing Implants and Music" was held in Warsaw on July 16th and addressed this very problem not only from a theoretical point of view but from a practical point as well. Young and Adult implanted patients presented posters with their experiences and gave an impressive performance in front of a live audience. The performance was code-named "Beats of...

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15/06/2015 : June Newsletter of the ECHO…

The June 2015 ECHO Initiative newsletter has been released with emphasis on Learn "who's who" in Early childhood screening in your state. 

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13/06/2015 : A welcome to the ECHO Initi…

We are very pleased to announce the the ECHO Initiative provided us with a permission to use their excellent on-site materials on neonatal and children OAE hearing screening. Although the ECHO site is designed with the lay-screener in mind, students of Audiology, Hearing Science and ENT can find a lot of educational material related to OAE practices in the form of videos and webinars.

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10/06/2015: Updates in the OAE software …

The OAE Software , Databases / Patient Tracking pages were updates with a recent description of the Hitrack 4 software package. Within the same page there are included updates on the price availability of Hitrack, for 2015.

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08/06/2015: Updates in the OAE Software …

The Simulations & Modelling pages have been updated with a contribution from Dr. Michael Berg on the classical issue of the distortions in the  Tartini Tone. It is expected that within June 2015 all the contents from the old OAE site will be transferred to the Portal. The reason for this delay is that the majority of the simulations were written for the DOS environment, which today is obsolete.  Nevertheless some DOS simulators still exist and these programs have an important educational role, specially for the students of Audiology and Hearing Science.

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20/05/2015: Interacoustics Updates

Mr David Speidel, director of the Audiological services of Interacoustics US provided a series of interesting information regarding the new Titan platform , a TEOAE webinar and a series of how-to do-guides for the following topics : (1) How to run a DP measurement (2) How to handle Titan for screening (3) OAE - DPOAE pass criteria and interpretation (4) How to analyze a DP-Gram (5) Screening using Titan (6) OAEs: Cleaning the probe tip The Titan platform  has its own 'Suite' of software that includes Clinical Impedance, Wide Band Tympanometry, DP & TEOAE (screening and clinical uses) , ABRIS (ABR Screening Module). The software is...

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06/05/2015 : New Entries in the FORUM ch…

The FORUM space dedicated to the families of Implanted children has been updated with two success stories. The cases come from the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing in Warsaw , Poland. The Portal Editorial staff would like to thank Jolanta Chylkiewicz , Aneta Olkowska and Olga Wanatowska for summarizing  and  translating the Polish material into English.

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18/04/2015: New Webinar on children's He…

There is a new entry in the webinar pages, originating from the ECHO Initiative project. The title is " Improving Hearing Screening practices in children up to 5 years of age"

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08/04/2015 : Updates in Children Screeni…

The pages on Children Screening were updated with additional references from the ECHO initiative.

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25/03/2015: New White Paper

A new white paper has been added to the Hearing Screening category, titled " A Comparison of the Frequency of Positive Hearing Screening Outcomes in School Children from Poland and other countries of Europe , Central Asia and Africa" by Piotr H Skarzynski et al.

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