Hearing conservation is big business. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 22 million Americans are exposed to hazardous noise levels on the job annually, making noise-induced hearing loss one of the most common work-related injuries. Protecting workers’ existing hearing and training them to take personal responsibility for their hearing health is an important part of hearing conservation but testing hearing at required intervals and monitoring for changes in hearing levels is equally important.
This article is a short Q & A session with our in-house Audiologist, Renée Lefrançois. Today, we are discussing Assisted Mode testing using SHOEBOX Audiometry. SHOEBOX is the first clinically validated iPad Audiometer, and the only one to offer Assisted Mode testing.
REACT, a patent-pending technology available only in SHOEBOX Audiometry ensures test accuracy by continuously monitoring for conditions such as patient response behavior and environmental conditions. The dynamic reactions replace the manual adjustments the audiologist would make during testing.
Tablet technology is revolutionizing almost every industry. That's why we chose the iPad as the platform for our audiometer. And although the tablet format makes it unique, our software is what makes it disruptive. The beauty of software is that it keeps getting better and allows us to continue to innovate. But the audiometer is only one component of our full solution.
Here we are, already 3 months into 2018 and I'm only now sitting down to write the article. It's been a hectic start to the year. But the bulk of events that we attend happen in the spring and again in the fall. So now seems a good time to capture the audiology conferences in 2018 that we are both committed to, and considering.
Audiometers are very precise electronic instruments used for testing human hearing. They are regulated by ANSI/ASA S3.6-2010, which is the standard that provides the specifications and tolerances for such devices. To ensure that your audiometer continues to function accurately and conform to the standard, it is necessary for you to routinely check and verify the audiometer. Called a biological calibration or verification, these checks are performed to confirm that the system is free of any defects that might erroneously impact test results.