GREENWOOD, Miss. – Greenwood Leflore Hospital recently acquired new technology to diagnose hearing problems. The device, known as an Otogram, uses a computer touch-screen interface to test patients’ hearing, using tests similar to those that an audiologist, a specialist in hearing problems, would administer.
According to Dr. Samuel Sprehe, Otolaryngologist and Head and Neck Surgeon at the Greenwood ENT and Allergy clinic, rural areas like the Mississippi Delta often have trouble attracting and keeping specialists such as audiologists. The Otogram allows local physicians to provide a very sophisticated service that otherwise might not have been available in the area.
The device which was developed by researchers at Vanderbilt University, administers tests in a number of different languages. The model used in Greenwood currently has the capability to conduct tests in 14 languages, with the option to add more. The test takes about 20 minutes and the results are immediately available to the physicians’ offices.
There are several reasons for hearing loss, including long-term exposure to loud noise on the job, during military service, and during recreational activities such as hunting and motorcycling. To prevent irreversible hearing loss, ear protection should be worn during any activity that will involve exposure to loud noise.
For more information contact Greenwood ENT and Allergy at 662-453-9949.