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DHP/Army selects IAI to develop M-START, for Military-Specific Tinnitus management and Aural Rehabilitation Therapy.

Hearing loss and tinnitus are the top two most common service-connected disabilities among veterans. There is currently no standard treatment available for tinnitus, but sound-based therapies, when combined with counseling, appears promising. Hearing aids are the most common form of treatment, but are rarely accompanied by aural rehabilitation therapy (ART) to facilitate effective use of the device. Active military personnel are at a disadvantage due to their limited access to specialized care while deployed. IAI is working to develop the Military-Specific Tinnitus management and Aural Rehabilitation Therapy (M-START) application. M-START will be a mobile, web-based application that guides military personnel through adaptive, self-guided, and individualized forms of aural rehabilitation therapy and tinnitus management. Engaging instructional material, assessments, and exercises will be enhanced by dynamically composing realistic auditory scenarios containing military-specific sounds and voice commands. These scenarios will be used to enhance the listening and sound-identification exercises used in aural rehabilitation therapy and in testing environments, in which patients can explore and evaluate the efficacy of their individualized sound therapy for tinnitus management. M-START will utilize standard hearing and tinnitus evaluation instruments to assess hearing problems, customize the experience, incorporate best practices, and guide patients through evaluation of outcomes. This patient-centric application will not diagnose hearing injuries or provide explicit treatment, but will educate users about their hearing difficulties and the various devices or strategies that may help them. M-START will also include storage of assessment data to tailor the patient’s navigation of the materials in the application, and for access by audiologists to facilitate consultations, where possible.

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