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National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders

The National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) is a go to site for information on a wide range of ear problems & communication disorders. Content here includes detailed descriptions of the diseases including causes, symptoms, diagnosis, and treatment and links to many helpful resources. The site is highly recommended as a standalone source for information and resources about ears, hearing, and communication disorders.

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Review Date: 8/9/2018

Scoring

Ease of Use

Intuitive navigation bar, where the most relevant consumer-focused materials are housed within the "Health Info" tab. Easy to retrace steps back to the homepage. Pages are organized clearly around common questions and include bold headers and images to aid scanning. Labels are consistent and all appear to represent the desired content.

Visual Design

Not much creativity or playfulness here. Most pages are composed of black and gray text, with poorly integrated images and multimedia.

Quality

The website provides great introductory information on communication disorders, but no references are provided for readers to verify the research on their own. However, the site is compliant with the Health and Human Services guidelines for ensuring the high quality of its content. For general information on communication disorders, this is certainly a website worth visiting.

Credibility

Readers will not find author or editor names on individual articles, but the site does publish names of those responsible for the content in general. Sponsorship from the U.S. government provides additional credibility. And the website includes dates of revision on each page, all within the past two years.

Pros

  1. Detailed and up-to-date coverage on a wide range of ear problems and communication disorders
  2. Numerous links to additional credible resources gives feeling of completeness
  3. User-friendly materials can be grasped by a wide variety of audiences

Cons

  1. Plain, unappealing visual design
  2. Information on taste & smell disorders only marginally related to other content
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Profile

Sponsors / Affiliations: The U.S. National Institutes of Health, operating within the Department of Health & Human Services

Accreditations: None

Additional Features: Downloadable fact sheets, videos, infographics, newsletter, "talk to a specialist" feature, clinical trials, news

Languages: English, Spanish

Contact: nidcdinfo@nidcd.nih.gov

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