The key to the NOMS Audiology Registry is the use of a combination of patient-reported outcomes (PROs) and clinically-administered tests to capture clinical improvements before and after audiological intervention.
NOMS data collection is quick, is easy, and involves the reporting of information already included in the patient's record. This includes information on the following:
Audiologists submit patient records to NOMS at the time of initial evaluation when treatment recommendations are made and at regular milestone appointments, including annual evaluations and following the initial acclimatization period of amplification, to track progress over time.
You will be asked to collect data on all patients ages 16 years and older who have received a comprehensive hearing test (hearing condition), tinnitus evaluation (tinnitus condition), and/or vestibular assessment/canalith repositioning (vestibular condition) and treatment recommendations have been made.
For NOMS purposes, you must evaluate at least one condition for each submission—hearing, tinnitus, and vestibular.
You will not be asked to collect any protected health information (e.g., name, date of birth) or withhold treatment in any way.
In exchange for submitting data to us, you and your organization have access to your data benchmarked against our national data. You can run customized analyses of your data, as well as national data, using our web-based reporting tool.
The need for Institutional Review Board (IRB) approval or family or patient notification prior to NOMS participation will depend on your organization’s policy, but this has not been necessary for most organizations. We are not asking you to withhold or change treatment intervention in any way, nor are we asking for data that will allow us to identify individual patients (i.e., name, date of birth, etc.). We are asking you to centralize data that are already a part of the audiology record.