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Testing babies’ hearing




The OtoRead testing device is easy to use for midwives and doctors as well as non-expert parents.

 



The menu is self-explanatory, reliably guiding the user through the process.

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„OtoRead”, DESIGN/NORD, Denmark, and Interacoustics A/S, Denmark

 

An undisturbed development is most important for a child. Up to now it has been difficult to recognise whether a new born baby’s hearing is fully functional. Delayed development of speech and impaired interaction with other children have often been the first signs of hearing impairment. The Danish product developer DESIGNNORD  in collaboration with Interacoustics A/S  have now developed a concept for the testing device ‘OtoRead’ to provide an early diagnosis of possible hearing defects in new born babies. The device enables a targeted treatment in the first months of life and protects the child from possible developmental problems caused by limited hearing. The OtoRead testing device is easy to use for midwives and doctors as well as non-expert parents. The concept is innovative in many respects. The menu is self-explanatory, reliably guiding the user through the process. The easy use allows the examination even of new born babies. The design conveys reliability and elegance. The ergonomic criteria relevant for the design were form, material and size of the device. It had to be simple, reliable and quick to use - for new born babies as well as children and adults. An ear plug is inserted into the auditory canal, then a single button is pressed and the result can be easily read on the display. The OtoRead testing device is easy to clean, powered by standard batteries and can be equipped with a (thermal) printer, so that the results are quickly available in any location.

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Testing babies’ hearing

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