Smart System for Auditory Assessment in Hearing Conservation Programs

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Navy
Contract: N00014-10-M-0225
Agency Tracking Number: O093-H26-3126
Amount: $99,911.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2010
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: OSD09-H26
Solicitation Number: 2009.3
Small Business Information
Creare Inc.
P.O. Box 71, Hanover, NH, 03755
DUNS: 072021041
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Odile Clavier, Ph.D.
 Principal Investigator
 (603) 643-3800
 ohc@creare.com
Business Contact
 James Barry
Title: President
Phone: (603) 643-3800
Email: contractsmgr@creare.com
Research Institution
N/A
Abstract
The nature and requirements of many military operations lead to high noise levels, thereby exposing military personnel to the possibility of noise-induced hearing loss (NIHL) and tinnitus. Hearing Conservation Programs (HCP) are designed to protect noise-exposed individuals from developing occupational hearing loss which negatively impacts their health, quality of life, and functional performance. However, audiometric data obtained with existing technology are often vulnerable to various quality control issues such as noisy test environments, examiner error, poor earphone placement, equipment malfunction and complications arising from individual ear status or cooperation. Creare’s Smart System for Auditory Assessment in Hearing Conservation Programs combines: (1) an expert system to generate decision support tools specifically designed for HCP, (2) quality control features for reliable auditory assessment, and (3) effective auditory tests with sensitivity to NIHL and malingering. Under ONR funding, Creare is currently developing a field-deployable earphone-based auditory assessment system that incorporates auditory tests and noise measurements. We will leverage this hardware system and our ongoing work in the field of auditory assessment systems to design and develop our smart software and quality control system.

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