Clinical Validity of hearScreen™ Smartphone Hearing Screening for School Children

F. Mahomed-Asmail, De Wet Swanepoel, Robert Eikelboom, H.C. Myburgh, J. Hall

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© 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. Objectives: The study aimed to determine the validity of a smartphone hearing screening technology (hearScreen™) compared with conventional screening audiometry in terms of (1) sensitivity and specificity, (2) referral rate, and (3) test time. Design: One thousand and seventy school-age children in grades 1 to 3 (8 ± 1.1 average years) were recruited from five public schools. Children were screened twice, once using conventional audiometry and once with the smartphone hearing screening. Screening was conducted in a counterbalanced sequence, alternating initial screen between conventional or smartphone hearing screening. Results: No statistically significant difference in performance between techniques was noted, with smartphone screening demonstrating equivalent sensitivity (75.0%) and specificity (98.5%) to conventional screening audiometry. While referral rates were lower with the smartphone screening (3.2 vs. 4.6%), it was not significantly different (p > 0.05). Smartphone screening (hearScreen™) was 12.3% faster than conventional screening. Conclusion: Smartphone hearing screening using the hearScreen™ application is accurate and time efficient.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e11-e17
JournalEar and Hearing
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2016

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