As we wind down these last few days of 2016, I’ve been spending a lot of my time planning and preparing for the year ahead. At the top of my list has been thinking about our audiology conference agenda in 2017. Not only are we excited to share news about SHOEBOX Audiometry with our current and prospective customers, but we are always keen to hear what is happening and learn from the best and the brightest in the audiology industry.
I’m on a short plane ride home reflecting on my last few days spent with The International Union Against Tuberculosis and Lung Disease (The Union) and its affiliate Vital Strategies. Together they have been working on a Phase III Clinical Trial to test simpler and shorter treatment regimes for patients suffering from multidrug-resistant tuberculosis (MDR-TB).
Performing a hearing test requires taking several factors into consideration with one of the most important being the reason for the test itself. With traditional manual audiometers, the configuration is typically determined just prior to, or during testing by the tester using their training and years of expertise to determine the optimal settings for each patient. In this new age of evolving audiometric technology, it is now possible to pre-set one or several specific configurations for automated testing. This can prove particularly useful when testing groups of individuals for a common goal.
Do you know what a Pure Tone Average is? Everybody knows what 20/20 means. 120/80. 3.5–1. If optimal eyesight, blood pressure, and cholesterol ratios are considered common knowledge, why then are so few familiar with Pure Tone Average or PTA? It starts by understanding exactly what it means. Let us explain.
In the late 1950’s portable audiometers were developed as an effort to reach populations without access to hearing tests conducted in controlled environments by highly trained professionals. At their least impressive, a portable audiometer is a stripped down tabletop audiometer with a handle attached. Notably, many rugged systems have been successfully used throughout the world in challenging environments. To a large extent, these portable audiometers still require a power plug and a modicum of expertise to operate. With the advent of mobile technology, we have witnessed the transformation of dated, portable audiometers into a new breed of powerful, simple-to-use, internet-connected mobile audiometers.
Although newborn hearing screening is performed in many Canadian provinces, few offer universal hearing testing of school-aged children. The American Academy of Audiology recommends hearing screening in preschool, kindergarten, grades 1, 3, 5, and either 7 or 9