Patent Number: 7,132,949

Title: Patient management in automated diagnostic hearing test

Abstract: Method and system are disclosed for automated testing of a patient's hearing. The automated hearing test allows the patient to quickly and accurately test his own hearing with minimal or no assistance from an audiologist or other hearing health professionals. The test prompts and instructs the patient for inputs and responses as needed. The patient can select one or several tests to be performed, including air and bone conduction testing with masking, speech reception threshold, speech discrimination, tympanogram, acoustic reflex, and otoacoustic emissions testing. Multiple languages are supported. Data obtained from one test may be used for another test or another iteration of the same test to calculate masking levels. The automatic hearing test also detects ambient noise and can compensate for it in the test results. If a contingency occurs, the automated hearing test is configured to page the operator for assistance.

Inventors: Harrison; Jeffrey S. (Palo Alto, CA), Thornton; Aaron (West Des Moines, IA), Wasden; Christopher L. (Sugar Land, TX), Strasnick; Barry (Virginia Beach, VA), Stott; Kenneth R. (Sugar Land, TX)

Assignee: Tympany, Inc.

International Classification: G08B 23/00 (20060101)

Expiration Date: 2019-11-07 0:00:00