HEARLab® is a versatile clinical device developed by the HEARing CRC and the National Acoustics Laboratories to record and analyse electrophysiological data in the form of the Cortical Auditory Evoked Potentials (CAEPs) to measure the hearing ability of babies, children and adults unable to respond verbally to hearing tests.
Regardless of the hardware and software employed, there will almost certainly be some practical challenges, especially when testing infants and children. HEARLab has been designed with these challenges in mind and aims to make objective audiological assessment as easy and efficient as possible. It includes in-built statistical procedures to assist the clinician in determining whether a response is present or absent, allowing testing to be conducted by clinicians who are not expert electrophysiologists.
HEARLab is a highly versatile clinical device that can be configured and controlled by a standard personal computer or laptop. Its design allows hearing tests to be delivered to clinicians in the form of new software modules, without the need to update equipment hardware as new procedures are developed. The first module of the HEARLab system incorporates two different assessments: Aided Cortical Assessment (ACA) and Cortical Threshold Estimation (CTE).
HEARLab is an award winning innovation:
- 2013 Winner of the Cooperative Research Centres Association Award for Excellence in Innovation
- 2013 NSW Government Medical Devices Fund Grant Recipient
- 2013 Finalist of the Eureka Prize for Medical Research Translation.
HEARLab is manufactured by Frye Electronics, Inc. under license by HEARworks. It is distributed in Australia by Kirk Consulting.
For more information, please visit the National Acoustics Laboratories’ HEARLab website.
The HEARing CRC’s HEARnet Learning websites has a online training module to assist hearing health professionals in using HEARLab in the clinic.