Skip to main content

Thank you for visiting You are using a browser version with limited support for CSS. To obtain the best experience, we recommend you use a more up to date browser (or turn off compatibility mode in Internet Explorer). In the meantime, to ensure continued support, we are displaying the site without styles and JavaScript.

  • News & Views
  • Published:

Diagnostic devices

Affordable hearing screening

Off-the-shelf microphones and earbud components connected to a smartphone can be as effective as an expensive clinical-grade device at measuring otoacoustic emissions to screen for hearing loss.

This is a preview of subscription content, access via your institution

Access options

Buy this article

Prices may be subject to local taxes which are calculated during checkout

Fig. 1: An inexpensive device for hearing screening.


  1. Joint Committee on Infant Hearing. J. Early Hear. Detect. Interv. 4, 1–44 (2019).

    Google Scholar 

  2. Chan, J. et al. Nat. Biomed. Eng. (2022).

    Article  PubMed  Google Scholar 

Download references

Author information

Authors and Affiliations


Corresponding author

Correspondence to Shawn S. Goodman.

Ethics declarations

Competing interests

The author declares no competing interests.

Rights and permissions

Reprints and permissions

About this article

Check for updates. Verify currency and authenticity via CrossMark

Cite this article

Goodman, S.S. Affordable hearing screening. Nat. Biomed. Eng 6, 1199–1200 (2022).

Download citation

  • Published:

  • Issue Date:

  • DOI:


Quick links

Nature Briefing

Sign up for the Nature Briefing newsletter — what matters in science, free to your inbox daily.

Get the most important science stories of the day, free in your inbox. Sign up for Nature Briefing