Improves the ability to identify, assess and monitor ears with noise-induced mechanical damage and/or hearing loss.
World-first multivariate statistical model applied to the use of Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs) quantifying the ‘Outer Hair Cell (OHC)’ -function as a percentage per frequency. The outcome is visualized graphically (per ear) and reported both as an index of cochlear damage (OHC Damage Index) and a degree of remaining cochlear function (Cochlear Reserve) in a highly reproducible manner.
Furthermore, based on the cochlear reserve of both ears, an estimate is made of the impact on a person’s communication. If this is compromised, the tool flags the appropriate action in relation to the degree of dysfunction.
One of the shortcomings in diagnostic audiology and hearing conservation programs is that we keep using the same limited test battery, dominated by behavioral tests. The ‘OAE expert’ tool is game changing for ENT specialists, audiologists and hearing care professionals when it comes to implement OAEs as an objective hearing shift assessment tool outside of the screening setting.