Force plate technology is used to measure balance, gait, and other parameters of biomechanics, most commonly for medical and athletic performance purposes. In their simplest form, force plates are designed with a single pedestal. More advanced designs feature a pair of rectangular or triangular plates with load cells or triaxial force transducers between them at the corners.
Each year, there are between 1.7 and 3 million sports-related concussions reported, according to the University of Pennsylvania Medical Center in Pittsburgh. Unsurprisingly, 300,000 are football-related. The college also reports that 2 in 10 high school athletes who play contact sports will suffer a concussion this year.
Computerized dynamic posturagraphy (CDP) is one of many technologies used to diagnose balance disorders. As opposed to other balance assessment tests that focus on isolated anatomical components, CDP analyzes multiple. It does this by leveraging the following protocols:
Most jobs require the ability to see well in order to perform them effectively. However, there are some careers where vision is of the utmost importance. These professions require near-perfect vision in order for them to be performed effectively. Because of this, regular vision screening is critical to ensuring the job gets done safely and correctly.
Thinking about expanding your testing capabilities to include spirometry? It is a useful, reliable, and easy-to-administer test that is great for detecting early change and progression of respiratory diseases that could be caused by conditions in the work environment. However, getting started with spirometry isn’t as easy as simply buying the equipment and testing.
A few decades back, audiometer manufacturers started embracing microprocessor technology. Since then, smart phones, tablets, and wireless internet have emerged, ultimately leading to the advent of tablet audiometers. Manufacturers of these devices claim that they are clinically validated, ANSI and ISO compliant, NOAH certified, and HIPAA compliant. These devices, without a doubt, are easy to use, affordable, and innovative. However, can they compare to conventional hearing testing systems using microprocessor audiometers, electro-acoustic simulators, and noise-attenuating sound booths?
Life is noisy. Whether you’re just walking down the street or working on your house, you can be exposed to hazardous noise levels at any time of the day. According to the Center for Disease Control, noise above 85 dB over a prolonged period of time may start to damage your hearing and loud noise above 120 dB can cause immediate harm to your ears.
Teamwork is a remarkable thing. Some may even consider it a phenomenon. Getting a large group of people to work together towards a common goal is a difficult, daunting task that even some of the world’s most powerful organizations and influential leaders have difficulties with. Good teamwork takes frequent communication. It takes focus, organization, and the inclination for everyone to contribute their fair share to help achieve goals. Most importantly, a good team needs individuals that are willing to support one another, even if it means going above and beyond their daily job responsibilities.
Background noise can and will distract the person being tested during a hearing examination. The only background noises that should be heard are what you administer during the various stages of the hearing test. Any other sound and noise out of your control is disruptive and can affect test results.
Which hearing protection products are the “best?” It’s a subjective question, and to determine the correct answer is a near-impossible task. We recently did the research, scouring through website after website to get a consensus opinion of which products are most preferred by people who frequently need their hearing protected. In the end, our efforts uncovered one thing: opinions are varied.