Audiology Issues: Computer-Aided Diagramming and Technical Drawing Using Visio: Getting Audiograms into Documents and Presentations The ability to present information graphically and then incorporate business diagrams and technical drawings into documents and presentations is critical to the researcher, administrator, or clinician working in a dynamic environment. Every day, we need to present information visually to help illustrate or to model our own thinking or ... Article
Article  |   June 01, 2001
Audiology Issues: Computer-Aided Diagramming and Technical Drawing Using Visio: Getting Audiograms into Documents and Presentations
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  • Michael K. Wynne
    Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • Colin Wong
    Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis
  • Deborah CarlsonColumn Editor
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Professional Issues & Training / Audiology Issues
Article   |   June 01, 2001
Audiology Issues: Computer-Aided Diagramming and Technical Drawing Using Visio: Getting Audiograms into Documents and Presentations
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2001, Vol. 11, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aas11.2.5
SIG 11 Perspectives on Administration and Supervision, June 2001, Vol. 11, 5-7. doi:10.1044/aas11.2.5
The ability to present information graphically and then incorporate business diagrams and technical drawings into documents and presentations is critical to the researcher, administrator, or clinician working in a dynamic environment. Every day, we need to present information visually to help illustrate or to model our own thinking or results. There are many software applications that allow for business graphics or scientific figures that help illustrate images from organizational charts to box and whisker plots. However, applying atypical diagrams or drawings such as the audiogram are not easily accomplished using the software packages found in most business offices.
For audiologists and hearing scientists, being able to create an audiogram and insert it into a report or a presentation can be one of the most challenging tasks in their work settings. Audiograms from NOAH are not easily ported over to other programs. Creating audiograms from business applications often are cumbersome and the final products often fail to capture the true perspective of the audiogram. Scientific programs have a steep learning curve and are often too expensive to use inside most clinical offices. Although easy and relatively inexpensive, scanning hard copy audiograms typically results in a hazy image whose file size makes it unwieldy and difficult to manipulate into other programs. Finally, many individuals have the technical drawing skills and basic artistic talent to illustrate their ideas graphically; many other individuals, like ourselves, must rely on technologies to present high quality illustrations.
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