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Virtual Tour of the Ear©


Virtual Tour of the Ear ASHA Presentation
Perry C. Hanavan, M.A., CCC-A
Augustana College
Sioux Falls, SD 57197
hanavan@inst.augie.edu

The Internet

The Internet is becoming an increasingly valuable resource for both the consumer and health care provider. The Internet provides an enormous volume of information which is readily accessible at any given moment. In addition, Internet access of health care related information is generally located easily and quickly.

A new network joins the Internet every 30 minutes. (Network Wizards, 1997) There are over 10,000 health-related web sites currently providing accessible information. (Asheville Citizen-Times, 1997) It appears that over 35% of the general Internet users access health and medical information on the web.(Brown, 1997) Those Internet users accessing health care information are more likely to utilize the net on a daily basis. (Wall Street Journal, 1997)

The Virtual Tour of the Ear

The Virtual Tour of the Ear is an interactive web site organized to: 1) assist the user in understanding the hearing mechanism, disorders of hearing, and the audiologic rehabilitive process; and 2) access powerful search engines and useful databases that quickly and easily locate health care information on the Internet. Numerous web sites merely consist of lists of links to Internet resources. In contrast, the Virtual Tour of the Ear provides links to Internet resources within the context of the hearing mechanism, disorders of hearing, and the audiologic rehabilitation process framework. For those unfamiliar with the function of the ear, disorders of hearing, and the audiologic rehabilitative process, hopefully this approach provides useful insight about the ear and hearing. A frames (multiple windows in the viewing area of the web browser) version of the Virtual Tour of the Ear provides links to search engines, databases, Usenet, dictionaries, and other health care related resources so that the consumer and/or professional can quickly access information on the Internet.

The Virtual Tour of the Ear, in essence, is an interactive tool which quickly and easily locates and accesses valuable information and resources on the Internet about the ear and hearing. Currently, the frames version of the Virtual Tour of the Ear (http://www.augie.edu/perry/frames.htm) provides links for the user to: 1) ProFusion, a highly rated metasearch engine that locates pertinent information on the world wide web; 2) Neurosience Web Search, a searchable database accessing approxomately 120,000 cataloged neuroscience web related resources; 3) National Organization for Rare Disorders Inc. (NORD), a searchable database of rare disorders, terminology, and links to associated resources; 4) MEDLINE, the National Library of Medicine's seachable databases using Internet Grateful Med; 5) PUBMED, a more user friendly access to the National Library of Medicine's seachable databases using Internet Grateful Med; 6) Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIN), a searchable database of genetically based diseases with cytogenetic map locations of disease genes and other expressed genes; 7) INFOMEDICAL, an interactive medical dictionary; 8) RxList, a searchable database of drugs; and 9) Merck Manual, the online version; and 10) DejaNews, a search engine which searches Newsgroups such as bionet.audiology and the disussion related to specific topics.

The Virtual Tour of the Ear is a work in progress and attempts to evolve with the Internet. Links and searchable databases will continue to be added and removed. Accessing the Virtual Tour of the Ear can provide the health care provider and consumer with useful tools that provide quick and easy access to Internet resources.

The URL for the Virtual Tour of the Ear is:

http://www.augie.edu/perry/ear/ear.htm

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Last modified 11/17/97 by PC Hanavan
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