Sana AudioPulse is a mobile telemedicine solution, using cellphones interfacing with specialized hardware, to screen for hearing impairment in newborns with a suite of hearing screening tests.

Hearing Loss

A child that suffers from hearing loss faces many challenges throughout life, including: delayed speech and language development, learning disabilities, social problems and stigmas. Later in life, they struggle with staying in school and unemployment due to their disabilities.


Lifetime Disabilities

$1 Million USD lifetime cost per child

Screening is Needed

Permanent neurological damage if not detected within first 6 months of life

Stark Poverty Divide

Limited access, High costs, Long waiting lists

Even though the World Health Organization recommends universal neonatal screening, many babies miss their chance to be screened due to unavailability, high costs, or long wait times. Current systems are inflexible and expensive that can't easily be scaled to rural clinics.

...Sana AudioPulse provides a scalable, low-cost solution.

Our Solution

Sana AudioPulse has developed a mobile telemedicine platform, using cellphones interfacing with specialized hardware, to screen screen for hearing impairment in newborns with a suite of hearing screening tests.

Data is securely transmitted wirelessly to a centralized medical database for validation by a trained audiologist and storage in a medical record database. The mobile technology allows for wide-spread deployment of hearing screenings across a broad span of rural and urban communities.

Team Members

We are a multi-disciplinary and multi-national team of physicians, engineers, and informaticians from MIT, Harvard, and UFRN.

USA
  • Dr. Ikaro Silva, PhD
  • Dr. Kenneth Paik, MD MBA
  • Marzyeh Ghassemi
  • Andrew Schwartz
  • Lauren Scanlon
  • Eric Winkler
  • Dr. Leo Anthony Celi, MD MPH
  • Dr. Peter Szolovits, PhD
Brazil
  • Dr. Ana Guerreiro, PhD
  • Anna Giselle Ribeiro
  • Talis Lincoln Barbalho
Acknowledgements
  • Danilo Chaves
  • Cheryl Edwards, Au.D.
  • Marco Ferreira (Starkey do Brasil)
  • Susan Gibbons, Au.D.
  • Dana Sullivan Helmink, Au.D. (Etymotic Research, Inc. )
  • Erin Thompson