Michele Hutter, MS, was a Research Audiologist at the NCRAR, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR.
Folmer, PhD, is a Research Investigator at NCRAR, Portland VA Medical Center, and Associate Professor, Department of Otolaryngology/Head and Neck Surgery, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR.
The NCRAR Hearing Loss Prevention Program [8,9] is a self-administered, multimedia, computer-based program with 10 modules that address various aspects of hearing, hearing loss, and hearing conservation through videos, interactive screens, and simulations.
Proceedings of the 6th Biennial NCRAR Conference Beyond the Clinic: Innovations and Possibilities of Connected Health; 2013 Sep 18-20; Portland, OR.
The purpose of this article is to report on a complete program of evidence-based ototoxicity monitoring protocols, the comprehensive ototoxicity monitoring program for VA (COMP-VA), developed at the NCRAR. COMP VA was designed to achieve a range of customizable clinical objectives and to test all patients during treatment regardless of how sick they are or their ability to reliably take a hearing test using conventional methods.
To accomplish this, researchers at the NCRAR designed and engineered a portable ototoxicity identification device, the OtoID, that can provide reliable and accurate hearing thresholds on the hospital ward during treatment .
Author Saunders and colleagues at NCRAR are currently conducting a VA Rehabilitation Research and Development (RR&D)-funded formal evaluation of the program.
(1) NCRAR, Portland VA Medical Center, Portland, OR; (2) Department of Otolaryngology, Oregon Health & Science University, Portland, OR
Immittance audiometry was conducted with the GSI Tympstar, and distortion product otoacoustic emissions (DPOAEs) were collected at WRAMC using the GSI Audera and at NCRAR using the Mimosa Acoustics HearID systems (Champaign, Illinois).
Verification of the equipment was accomplished by site visits of NCRAR audiologists to the WRAMC group.
Additional Contributions: Our appreciation to Marjorie Leek, PhD, Interim Director of the NCRAR
, for her support of this project.
Saunders, PhD; VA RR&D National Center for Rehabilitative Auditory Research (NCRAR
), Portland VAMC, 3710 SW U.S.