Editor's Perspective

May - June 2015

Editorial written by Stavros Hatzopoulos

May - June 2015

      For the period of May & June  2015 we will focus on OAE software updates.  We have planned a series of updates in the area of OAE signal processing, neonatal tracking solutions and overall applications as in Telemedicine.       Historically the first category (OAE Signa Processing) was developed in the late nineties when researchers required additional tools to analyze the TEOAE & DPOAE responses. The  developments in this area have been delayed significantly due to the  format of the available data. The latter  was caused by a lack of consensus regarding OAEs.  Every vendor used a proprietary solution (i.e. format)...

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Guest Editorials

March - June 2015 : A review on the technological advances in the area of UNHS

Guest editorial Stavros Hatzopoulos PhD, Lech Sliwa PhD, Piotr H Skarzynski MD, PhD

March - June 2015 : A review on the technological advances in the area of UNHS

             About the Guest-Editors Lech Sliwa is an assistant professor at the Institute of Physiology and Pathology of Hearing in Warsaw, Poland. Dr. Sliwa specializes in biomedical engineering and his professional interests focus on objective testing of hearing. He is also involved in developing and conducting educational programs on audiology in Poland. Piotr Henryk Skarżyński got his MD degree from the  Medical University of Warsaw in 2008 and a MSc from the  Department of Management (University of Warsaw) in 2010. He received his PhD degree from the  Medical University of Warsaw in 2012. Currently he  works in the...

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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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20/03/2015: START posting Webinars

The Webinars are the latest trend in long-distance Education and Training. In the OAE Portal we usually post or on-line powepoint lectures or white papers. A Webinar though, combines both aspects of these presentations with audio / video from the presenter , thus promoting a better understanding of the conceptual ideas of the lecture. The fist Webinar we post is from the 2015 Otometrics Webinar series. It is titled "Bridging the Hearing Screening Gap: The importance of periodic hearing screening in the pre-school population".

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19/03/2015

The Children Screening pages were updated with an extended Introduction to the topics of the section and of future content.

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16/03/2015: Neonatal screening Category …

From this month the Neonatal Screening category changes name to Hearing Screening in order to include information on Children's screening ( which we will start posting from April 2015).

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27/02/2015: Updates on the Sentiero Desk…

27/02/2015: Updates on the Sentiero Desktop from Path Medical Solutions

German manufacturer Path Medical Solutions has announced updates in the Sentiero Desktop line. The device is not handheld,  but small enough for enhanced portability. It supports standard and high frequency tympanometry (i.e. 226 and 1000 Hz) , TEOAEs, DPOAEs and Standard Audiometry tests, thus it can be a very good candidate for school children testing.

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25/02/2015

The future highlights  pages were updated with the latest news about white papers and Editorials.

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23/02/2015: Phonak Links to the Hearing …

From November 2014 we have started a campaign asking all major Hearing Aid companies to help us with relative information on the outcome of EDHI programs and the corresponding experiences of the families of young patients. We know that it takes some time to attract the attention of the right person, but fortunately Phonak- Italy (Dott. Franco Lucato)  communicated a few important links to follow when searching for HA info in the neonatal population. The links appear in the HA section , under the Neonatal screening category of the main menu.

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09/02/2015 : Updates on Intelligent Hear…

Mrs Raquel Lauture from Intelligent Hearing Systems sent us an update regarding their OAE / ABR line of products. SmartOAE:   The SmartDPOAE system is a full-featured Distortion Product OAE (DPOAE) and Transient OAE (TrOAE) testing system. It can acquire a DP-Gram with up to 41 frequency points. Its built-in scripting feature allows advanced users to define sequences of frequencies and intensities for automated data collection. The user also has full control over the stimulus levels, frequency ratio, artifact rejection, and sweep count. We offer a high frequency option for testing at up to 16kHz for human subjects and at up to...

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02/02/2015: New OAE Hardware models

The OAE hardware models category has been updated with the Mimosa Acoustics product line. To provide an additional service to  our generous sponsors, this category will include product information only from their product lines.

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29/01/2015 : Clinical Applications updat…

In parallel with the upgrades on the OAE hardware pages we will update the clinical OAE Application pages. The latter updates are scheduled till  February the 25th. We apologize but till that period you may encounter some broken links on these pages .

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22/01/2015 : Welcome to Mimosa Acoustics

It is our great pleasure to welcome in the list of our sponsors Mimosa Acoustics and Dr. Lapsey-Miller as our liaison with the firm . The next couple of weeks we will update our hardware pages with material from the product line of Mimosa Acoustics.  Within the first semester of 2015 we will present an editorial on MEPA, the reflective immitance methodology used in the Mimosa OAE line, which assists significantly the correct assessment of the hearing function of a neonate.  ALSO : Hardware updates on their upcoming medial-olivocochlear reflex (MOCR) module have been posted in the hardware update pages.

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22/01/2015 : OAE Hardware vendor Updates

The updates in the area of OAE hardware have made us notice that we had to put more emphasis on the various hardware / software updates posted by the OAE and AEP vendors. Now you can find these communications in a special page , but you will notice that vendors do not communicate routinely outside their websites new information. For the last 8 years .. we were obtaining these "details" by contacting the regional sales managers. Unfortunately there is a global turn-over of positions and the same people rarely remain in the same post .. for more than 2-3 years...

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20/01/2015: Success Stories in Cochlear …

The first report of a MEDEL success-story has been posted in the Forum by Kinga Wołujewicz from the Institute of Physiology and Pathologty of Hearing ( Warsaw, Poland). This is the first report from this interesting case , further reports in the future will provide additional information on his experiences with the CI as well the views of his family.

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15/01/2015: Otometrics Webimar series

The INTERNET is without a doubt the best channel to share information, thus the creation of the term webinar, meaning a on-line seminar. Otometrics , the known Danish audiology/ENT equipment manufacturer, advertises a series of webinars one of which is on pre-school hearing screening (March 16, 2015). For more information access the main Otometrics Webinar series page. In case you are interested in a past event , just register in the Otometrics site and you will get access to the recorded webinar event.

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04/01/2015: 2014 Access Statistics

The Access statistics of 2014 are on-line earlier that expected , thanks to Google ... Several trends emerge with the most obvious the globalization of accesses in comparison to the numbers we had 4 years ago. The number of countries requesting information has also increased to 131 ... some have very few accesses to the Portal material ... but it is important to see that we move to an global INTERNET community. Some details which should be mentioned:   1. The "Americas" are monopolized mainly by accesses from the US and Canada (73.78%) 2. South America is monopolized by accesses from Brasil (68.77%). 3. Asia...

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Season Greetings for 2015

The Editorial Board of the OAE Portal wishes to all a Merry Christmas and a happy new Year. Let's hope that 2015 will bring more peace , less friction and poverty  and great scientific discoveries to our mankind.

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20/12/2014: FORUM topic

An interesting topic has been appeared on the OAE FORUM, as a question of how to register DPOAEs in children with ventilation tubes.

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27/11/2014: Updates in the OAE Hardware …

The  OAE Hardware pages were updated with the product line of Mimosa Acoustics including a portable DPOAE screener and a portable OAE system capable of TEOAE / DPOAE / SFOAE recordings. Both products are capable of recording middle ear reflectance, a state of the art approach to middle ear function assessment. In Early 2015 , we have programmed a revision of the OAE Hardware and OAE software pages  since a lot of the models which are theoretically available have been redrawn in 2014.  

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Content for Families and non-professiona…

From the month of October 2014, we will start the insertion of material geared towards the families of children with hearing impairment. The family & non-professional section as well as  the thematic channel on Cochlear Implants ( still in preparation) should provide some answers to commonly asked questions , specially prior to an implantation.

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01/04/2014: Updates on the TEOAE TF-anal…

01/04/2014: Updates on the TEOAE TF-analysis

Assistant editor Dr. Antoni Grzanka has updated the  OAE Portal content related to TEOAE TF-analysis. There is a new software tool (TFAnalyzer, 2005) which can select a region on the TF plane and then conduct the appropriate filtering. Additional details on the tool and the methodology can be found in a on-line lecture (Time -Frequency filtration of TEOAEs)

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