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Internet-Based Automatic Hearing Assessment System

In the paper the Internet-based system that allows for automatic testing of hearing is described. Hearing impairment is one of the fastest growing diseases of modern society. Therefore it is very important to organize mass screening tests to identify people suffering from this kind of impairment. The described application provides a test that uses automatic questionnaire analysis, standardized audiometric tone test procedures, and assessment of speech intelligibility in noise. When all the testing is completed, the system automatically analyzes the results for each person examined. Based on the number of incorrect answers, the decision is made automatically by the expert system. Persons whose hearing impairment is confirmed are referred to treatment in rehabilitation centers. All these centers are connected via the Internet and are provided with special distributed database access allowing them to automatically register and track the patient discovered during the remote screening.

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