A mixed methods comparative evaluation of a low cost otoscope (Arclight) with a traditional device in twenty-one clinicians

Shi Ying Hey (Lead / Corresponding author), Joanna C. Buckley, Somayyeh Shahsavari, Obaid Kousha, Kerry A. Haddow, Andrew Blaikie, Frank David Lathangie Walker

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· WHO estimates up to 330 million people worldwide (4% of world population) have chronic ear infections with a significant proportion of these suffer from disabling hearing loss.
· The majority of people with treatable ear diseases reside in low‐ and middle‐income countries where access to otoscopes is limited.
· A novel, low‐cost, LED‐illuminated, solar‐powered otoscope, the Arclight has been developed as a practical and economical alternative to traditional and more expensive devices.
· In comparison with a traditional otoscope, the Arclight has been shown in our study to be equally effective in identifying common ear conditions.
· By overcoming the barriers to acquisition and maintenance of a conventional otoscope in low‐resource settings, the Arclight has potential to assist in reduction in chronic ear diseases and the subsequent hearing loss in LMICs.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Otolaryngology
Early online date18 Jul 2019
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 18 Jul 2019

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Otoscopes
Ear Diseases
Costs and Cost Analysis
Equipment and Supplies
Hearing Loss
Ear
Chronic Disease
Maintenance
Infection
Population

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Hey, Shi Ying ; Buckley, Joanna C. ; Shahsavari, Somayyeh ; Kousha, Obaid ; Haddow, Kerry A. ; Blaikie, Andrew ; Walker, Frank David Lathangie. / A mixed methods comparative evaluation of a low cost otoscope (Arclight) with a traditional device in twenty-one clinicians. In: Clinical Otolaryngology. 2019.
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