In article <Pine.PTX.3.91a.950403163730.14210N-100000 at carson.u.washington.edu> James Labiak <jamesl at u.washington.edu> writes:
>Are any of you familiar with "good" software for teaching both
>undergraduates and graduate students concepts in audiometric masking?
Years ago (1986?), Robert Turner PhD at Wayne State University wrote and sold
a great little package called Audio-PC, which did a good job with teaching
masking. He's at Louisiana State now, don't know if he still sells it though.
>What software are you using to store/download patient demographics/test
>results on PC's?
We use a database in our Vestibular lab that we originally wrote in dBase
III+, and recently converted to FoxPro 2.6 for Windows (and Mac). These
so-called "x-base" database programs are extremely powerful, but are farly
complicated to learn. Once you write the data-entry screen program though,
it's completely painless to users.
extremely large databases (ours has 8,000+ records with 130 fields each);
relational searches (e.g: FOR 10-01-94 to 03-30-95 and Unilateral
Weakness>25% or Directional Preponderance>25% DO LIST);
Custom designed data entry and search (report) screens;
The same database file can be used by both PC's and Macs.
Industry standard file format, so you can switch to new software without
losing (or re-typing) old data. X-Base programs (that I can think of) include
FoxPro, dDase (the original), Clipper, Paradox.
Learning curve, someone has to learn the package and write the data entry
screens. Windows-based programs are easier, most "talk you through it".