Erin Schafer

Erin Schafer

Erin Schafer, PhD, is a professor and the director of graduate studies in audiology and speech-audiology and speech-language pathology at the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. She is a board member of the Auditory Implant Initiative. 

Photo of otoscope, hearing exam form, hearing aid, and cochlear implant

The Auditory Implant Initiative

The term “big data” refers to large datasets that are too complex for traditional data-processing software and instead require sophisticated machine-learning analytics. The use of big data in health care is receiving increased attention by consumers, researchers, and funding agencies as analyses of these data promote evidence-based decisions by physicians and providers (Ristevski and Chen, 2018).  

Topic(s): Auditory Implant, Auditory Implant Initiative (AII), HIPAA-Secure, Encrypted, Research, Management and Evaluation Solution (HERMES), pure-tone average (PTA)