SRI Security Research Institute, Edith Cowan University, Perth, Western Australia
Hearing loss in Australian children, particularly those in rural and remote areas, is a growing health concern. Resultant deafness has significant impact on the educational and social development of such children. Whilst telehealth had provided other benefits for rural and remote areas, the absence of suitable testing equipment and associated healthcare specialists has meant that there is a gap in this area of child health that could be addressed using a mobile solution. This paper discusses the research and development of a mobile application for testing and diagnosis of hearing loss in children. It is unique in its ability to be able to function in uncontrolled test environments, and conforms to current hearing assessment standards. The application also produces an audiogram that can be immediately electronically transferred to the relevant healthcare provider. The application is specifically designed for young children to use and is designed to be used in collaboration with healthcare specialist audiologists and paediatricians. The prototype is currently undergoing testing at the Telethon Speech and Hearing institute, Perth, Western Australia. The results are expected to deliver crucial quantitative data to determine the accuracy of the application, as well as qualitative data from healthcare professionals and consumers.