May 14, 2013
By Kathryn Kennedy and Crystal Baity
ECU News Services
An East Carolina University researcher hit a milestone this spring in his ongoing work to develop software and portable hardware that will enable audiologists to conduct hearing tests remotely.
Dr. Jason Yao, an associate professor in the Department of Engineering, has created software that enables an audiologist to see a patient and conduct two types of hearing tests via web site. His work builds on the research of Dr. Gregg Givens, an audiologist and chair of ECU’s Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders.
“What this system does is allow us to remotely assess hearing through basic server-based or cloud-based technology. That’s the unique aspect of this,” Givens said. “There is no other system like this in the world. The importance is to reach people who don’t have hearing health care. With this system, neither the audiologist nor the patient has to have a computer.”