I recently had the pleasure of working with the Interacoustics engineering team, along with several other experienced e3 equipment reps, on the development of the latest version of software for the Eclipse AEP (Auditory Evoked Potential) system. Our goal was to make the Eclipse two channel clinical AEP system faster and easier to use for clinicians who where used to preforming ABR, ECochG and VEMP tests with other makes and models. We wanted to incorporate all of the features that would make this system one of the most efficient AEP products on the market today.
Many clinics that do diagnostic vestibular testing will benefit from adding Vestibular Evoked Myogenic Potential (VEMP) recordings to the battery of tests they perform on patients with dizzy/balance issues. Adding VEMP testing, along with the Video Head Impulse Test (vHIT), can provide a more comprehensive look into the function of the individual components of the vestibular system and, therefore, greatly improve the sensitivity of the test battery for detecting vestibular disorders.
I have been involved with real ear measurement (REM) since it was first introduced in the late 1980s. Certainly hearing aids and measurement systems have come a long way since then. Today we are seeing many dispensing clinics make real ear measurement the center of the practice. Let me share with you some of the ways that REM can make a real difference in your practice (pun intended).
There are many Ear, Nose and Throat practices that see mostly adult patients. Because they don’t see a volume of pediatric ENT patients, the physicians are often reluctant to add OtoAcoustic Emissions (OAE) to their standard audiology battery.This article presents the rational for including OAE as an integral component of the standard audiology test battery ordered for all ear and hearing patients.
Many dispensing audiologists have both a real ear measurement (REM) system and a hearing aid test box. With the exception of pediatric audiologists who use the test box to perform “simulated” REM, the test box is seldom (if ever) used. I have visited facilities and opened the test box only to find lots of dust and dozens of old batteries and paper clips inside. This situation is understandable, because many of these systems only provide for the standard “ANSI” hearing instrument test battery. One is expected to run this battery of tests with the hearing aid gain turned up and the compression and noise reduction features switched off. The results are then supposed to be compared to the results of the same test battery that was performed on the hearing instrument at the factory. Almost all dispensers find this very cumbersome and time consuming with little practical application in the “real world.”