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Audiology Format Study Group

George J. Frye gfrye at FRYE.COM
Mon Jul 7 13:12:57 EST 1997

Audiology Format Study Group Formed 
Under sponsorship of ANSI S3.48 Subcommittee of Hearing Aid Standards

The purpose of the study group is to Standardize Terms and Formats of 
audiometric data. The goal of the study group is to enable communication 
between software modules that are used by audiologists and other 
professionals in the field of hearing. 

If the study group is successful in meeting its goal, software modules 
that connect to measurement instruments to collect data, database modules 
that are used to store data, and office management systems with their 
databases will all be able to communicate "on the same wavelength," 
allowing professionals to collect, store, retrieve and statistically 
examine data that has been collected.  The goal is an open data 
communication standard.

At present, the group is looking at terminology associated with 
audiometric tests and hearing aid measurements (both real ear and 
coupler). Other topics that will be added are impedance measurements, 
otoacoustic emissions, evoked response, loudness scaling and a simple 
patient profile. Other topics will be added as needed. If possible, 
terminology will be drawn from ANSI and IEC/ISO standards that have been 
developed to cover these fields. The interests of present NOAH users are 
being considered and HIMSA is represented in the study group.

Meetings are ongoing, with the last taking place at the Etymotic Research 
meeting facility near Chicago on June 21. 

If you are interested in participating through correspondence or as an 
active member, please contact me by email to gfrye at frye.com.

George J. Frye

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