Newborn Hearing Screener
Annually 800,000 babies are born with HI with 90 in resource-poor countries. Pre-lingual Hearing Impairment impacts speech, cognitive development & vocational attainment. Intervention in the 1st year of life has significantly improve outcomes. Universal newborn hearing screening NHS is widely implemented in wealthy nations, but largely absent in low-income countries. In resource constrained settings, such as India, hearing impairment goes undiagnosed till the child is about 4 years. By then, it is too late for the care cycle to be effective. This leads to speech loss, impaired communication skills, avoidable disability, possible mental illness and unemployment. Sohum uses brainstem auditory evoked response BAER or ABR technology which is the gold standard in auditory testing and is recommended as the test of choice by the American Association of Pediatrics US and the National Health Services NHS-UK, in an innovative way with an easy-to-use interface to meet the needs of the system. Sohum provides innovative features which includes unique algorithm to increase sensitivity and specificity, automated results, reconfirmation of results with experts through a telemedicine model and a unique business model to help doctor establish the newborn hearing screening practice.
USP: The salient features of the Sohum devices are:
1 Performance in a noisy environment: Sohum devices can be used in noisy clinical settings, vaccination camps settings indoor and outdoor
2 Telemedicine enabled: Device can connect to Wifi internet and every test can be uploaded on the server and an audiologist remotely can verify and do the interpretation. optional service as the device is completely automated
3 Minimal Disposables: Reusable, easy to clean gold cup electrode system, reduces the cost of the procedure. A basic conductive gel is required for preparation of the baby.
4 Unique automated algorithm: provides high sensitivity and specificity and automated results as PASS, REFER or REDO with the ABR waveform. The screening ABR test can be conducted at 35dB, 50dB and 70dB for establishing an effective protocol.