OtoID: New extended frequency, portable audiometer for ototoxicity monitoring
Portability of equipment is an increasingly important component in the practice of audiology. We report on a new device, the OtoID, that supports evidence-based ototoxicity testing protocols, provides capability for hearing testing on the hospital treatment unit, and can automate patient self-testing. The purpose of this article is to report on the validation and verification of the OtoID portable audiometer in 40 subjects both young and old, with and without hearing impairment. Subjects were evaluated by an audiologist using the manual hearing test program and then self-tested via an automated testing program. Testing was done in a sound booth and on a hospital treatment unit. Therefore, data were collected in four conditions (booth vs hospital unit and automated vs manual testing) and analyzed for testing bias, repeatability, and American Speech-Language-Hearing Association-significant ototoxicity false-positive rate. Repeatable hearing threshold results were obtained on all subjects who performed the test, regardless of hearing status or testing location.