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Saturday, February 12 • 3:00pm - 8:00pm
Using Boothless Audiometry in the Clinic (and out) to Enhance hearing Readiness

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In response to COVID-19, which significantly hindered hearing readiness in the U.S. Army, boothless audiometers were incorporated into the Army Hearing Program to perform hearing exams outside the audio booth and Defense Occupational and Environmental Health Readiness System – Hearing Conservation (DOEHRS-HC). Here, we will discuss new standard operating procedures developed to utilize boothless audiometry in a DoD Hearing Conservation Program, the challenges faced, and an evaluation of the program effectiveness in terms of hearing readiness and the potential return on investment. Initial results indicate our boothless audiometry test protocol was just as reliable as the standard of care. We will also highlight advantages of this boothless system in comparison to the legacy system by its ability to (1) reduce referrals due to masking and/or tinnitus (2) provide targeted hearing health education and training, and (3) bring audiometric testing to the unit. While the utilization of boothless audiometry during this public health crisis has been successful to meet the mission to maintain a medically ready force, innovations as a direct result from this endeavor highlight several additional improvements in comparison to current standards of care that should be considered for permanent inclusion in DoD Hearing Conservation Programs.

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avatar for Douglas Brungart, Ph.D

Douglas Brungart, Ph.D

Dr. Brungart serves as Chief Scientist for the Audiology and Speech Center at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center. The ASC provides clinical care which includes audiology and speech/language pathology services in addition, research conducted in the Scientific and Clinical... Read More →
avatar for Benjamin Sheffield, MSc

Benjamin Sheffield, MSc

Auditory Research Engineer, US Army Public Health Center
Mr. Sheffield holds dual degrees in Electrical and Mechanical Engineering. After a four year stint working in the defense industry, he got his start in auditory research as a volunteer in a hearing and speech lab while in graduate school at UC Irvine. He now has 14 years of experience... Read More →


Saturday February 12, 2022 3:00pm - 8:00pm CST
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