MDR TB Clinical Trials

Partnering with The Union and Vital Strategies to Include SHOEBOX Audiometry in Multi-drug Resistant Tuberculosis Clinical Trials

Audiometry, Hearing Health, Ototoxicity Monitoring

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).

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Customer Configuration

Custom Audiometric Testing Configurations: Five Considerations

Audiology and ENT Clinics, Audiometry, Family Practice and Pediatricians, Hearing Health, Hearing Services

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.

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Pure Tone Average

Pure Tone Audiometer: What is Pure Tone Average (PTA)?

Audiology and ENT Clinics, Audiometry, Family Practice and Pediatricians, Hearing Health, Hearing Services, School Screening

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.

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Portable vs Mobile Audiometer Equipment

Portable vs. Mobile Diagnostic Audiometer Equipment

Audiology and ENT Clinics, Audiometry, Family Practice and Pediatricians, Hearing Conservation, Hearing Health, Hearing Services, Humanitarian, Ototoxicity Monitoring, School Screening

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.

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