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AN INSTRUMENT FOR AUTOMATED AUDITORY SCREENING OF THE NEWBORN

Award Information

Agency:
Department of Health and Human Services
Branch:
N/A
Award ID:
7368
Program Year/Program:
1987 / SBIR
Agency Tracking Number:
7368
Solicitation Year:
N/A
Solicitation Topic Code:
N/A
Solicitation Number:
N/A
Small Business Information
Metraco Inc
1100 Hercules Suite 210 Houston, TX 77058
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Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No
 
Phase 1
Fiscal Year: 1987
Title: AN INSTRUMENT FOR AUTOMATED AUDITORY SCREENING OF THE NEWBORN
Agency: HHS
Contract: N/A
Award Amount: $50,000.00
 

Abstract:

METRACO, INC. PROPOSES TO DEVELOP A PROTOTYPE EVOKED-POTENTIAL INSTRUMENT THAT WILL ALLOW AUTOMATED SCREENING FOR HEARING PROBLEMS IN THE NEWBORN INFANT. THE INSTRUMENT WILL PROVIDE NEW, UNIQUE FEATURES AND TECHNOLOGY UNAVAILABLE IN EXISTING INSTRUMENTS. THE MAJOR GOALS ARE: (1) TO IMPROVE THE EFFECTIVE SIGNAL-TO-NOISE RATIO AND ERROR REDUCTION ABILITY BY COMPUTATION OF THE MEDIAN RATHER THAN THE MEAN EVOKED POTENTIAL, ALLOWING FEWER STIMULI TO BE USED, THEREBY REDUCING THE TIME OF THE TEST PROCEDURE; (2) TO DEVELOP AN AUTOMATIC ANALYSIS SYSTEM THAT WILL COMPARE THE VALUES DETERMINED BY THE EVOKED-POTENTIAL SYSTEMAGAINST NORMATIVE DATA TO PROVIDE RELIABLE SCREENING FOR HEARING DEFICITS IN THE NEWBORN, USING PREDETERMINED PASS/FAIL CRITERIA; (3) TO INCORPORATE OFF-THE-SHELF MICROPROCESSORS TO REDUCE THE COST TO THE END USERS; (4) TO MAKE THE SYSTEM SIMPLE TO USE, THEREBY PERMITTING RELIABLE OPERATION BY MEDICAL PERSONNEL WITHOUT SPECIALIZED TRAINING;AND (5) TO PROVIDE A WRITTEN RECORD OF THE TEST FOR ANALYSISBY THE PHYSICIAN AND AS A FOLLOW-UP FOR LATER TREATMENT IF REQUIRED. PHASE I WILL BE CONCEPTUAL IN NATURE AND THE INSTRUMENT WILLBE AN ENGINEERING BENCH PROTOTYPE ONLY.

Principal Investigator:

Keith h johnson
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Business Contact:

Small Business Information at Submission:

Metraco Inc
1100 Hercules Suite 210 Houston, TX 77058

EIN/Tax ID:
DUNS: N/A
Number of Employees: N/A
Woman-Owned: No
Minority-Owned: No
HUBZone-Owned: No