Mobile Crowd Sensing Services for Tinnitus Assessment, Therapy and Research

Pryss, Rüdiger and Reichert, Manfred and Langguth, Berthold and Schlee, Winfried (2015) Mobile Crowd Sensing Services for Tinnitus Assessment, Therapy and Research. In: IEEE 4th International Conference on Mobile Services (MS 2015), June 27 - July 2, 2015, New York.

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Tinnitus, the phantom sensation of sound, is a highly prevalent disorder that is difficult to treat; i.e., available treatments are only effective for patient subgroups. Sufficiently large and qualitative longitudinal data sets, which aggregate the individuals’ demographic and clinical characteristics, together with their response to specific therapeutic interventions, would therefore facilitate evidence-based treatment suggestions for individual patients. Currently, clinical trials are the standard instrument for realizing evidence-based medicine. However, the related information gathering is limited. For example, clinical trials try to reduce the complexity of the individual case by generating homogeneous groups to obtain significant results. From the latter, individual treatment decisions are inferred. A complementary approach would be to assess the effect of specific interventions in large samples considering the individual peculiarity of each subject. This allows providing individualized treatment decisions. Recently, mobile crowd sensing emerged as an approach for collecting large and ecological valid datasets at rather low costs. By providing mobile crowd sensing services to large numbers of patients, large datasets can be gathered cheaply on a daily basis. In the TrackYourTinnitus project, we implemented a mobile crowd sensing platform to reveal new medical aspects on tinnitus and its treatment. Additionally, we work on mobile services exploring approaches for understanding tinnitus and for improving its diagnostic and therapeutic management. We present the TrackYourTinnitus platform as well as its goals, architecture and preliminary results. Overall, the platform and its mobile services offer promising perspectives for tinnitus research and treatment.

Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Subjects:DBIS Research > Publications
ID Code:1152
Deposited By: Ruediger Pryss
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