Ear infections are the most common sickness that brings kids to see a doctor and the number one reason children are prescribed antibiotics. Despite ear infections being near universal, as a parent it is a challenge to be sure if a child is sick because of a problem with their ear, or if they are unwell for something else entirely. Sometimes, diagnosing ear infections challenges even our best doctors and nurses. We think there is a better way.
Our goal is to develop a tool that can be used at home to look at the ear and understand what you’re looking at. This is the citizen science we hope to encourage. We have a working model that uses ear images and machine learning to determine the health status of an individual’s ear, but our tool needs more experience before we’re confident enough to have others depend on it.