7 Nov 2011

Internet link made hearing checks more accessible for babies in Guam

6:54 pm on 7 November 2011

Families in Guam will no longer have to travel off island to have their babies hearing checked after the establishment of a tele-audiology project.

The project is a collaboration between the University of Guam's Early Hearing Detection and Intervention project and audiologists from the Bill Daniels Center for Children's Hearing in Colorado.

The child is attached to monitors in Guam which are connected to Colorado through the internet, allowing specialists there to make an assessment.

The project co-ordinator Elaine Eclavea is hopeful the technology can go global after she gave a presentation at a conference in Micronesia.

"They could look at doing something similar, instead of having babies travel with their families for 8 or so hours to another state or country that they could do it at home."

The final refinement stage of the project will last for 18 months.