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Students Develop Software to Detect Hearing Problem

By Khaleej Times

May 7, 2010

Computer science students from Dubai's University of Wollongong took fourth place at the Microsoft Gulf Imagine Cup for developing Ear It, software that turns a mobile device into a tool for conducting a hearing test. Wollongong's Shawn Frank says low-cost and user-friendly software such as Ear It is needed because checkups can be expensive.

"The user plugs in earphones and listens to a set of beeps at different decibels," says Wollongong student Rashida Daruwala. Users select the "yes" or "no" option based on how clearly and loudly they can hear a beep, and the results are shown per decibel.

Ear It also is designed to access the Internet, and government agencies or hospitals can set up a server and collect information. "We can use this application to detect hearing loss at an early stage and collect statistics on hearing impairment in the [United Arab Emirates]," Daruwala says.

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