Much uncertainty exists about the lasting impact the COVID-19 pandemic will have on our personal and professional lives. In the hearing care professions, there will be an increased focus on the need to sanitize items that come in frequent contact with patients, such as transducer cables from audiometers, immittance instruments, OAE analyzers, and hearing instrument verification systems, just to name a few. It’s also quite possible that, at least for the near future, hearing care professionals (HCPs) will want to limit close contact with patients. In a profession that requires close contact during almost all patient encounters, this is going to be a challenge, to say the least.
We are excited to announce the launch of our new podcast, “Listen Up!”. This series will take you on a deep dive through some of the hottest and most talked-about topics surrounding the world of audiometric instrumentation and hearing care. Each episode will cover a different topic and will feature special guests with strong expertise on it.
Your Hearing Network (YHN) is a rapidly growing national network of independent hearing care professionals that gives your practice the competitive advantage to thrive in today’s evolving hearing care marketplace.
Tele-audiology has created quite a buzz in the industry ever since Dr. Gregg Givens coined the term in 1999 in reference to a system being developed at East Carolina University. Considering the challenges hearing care professionals currently face due to the COVID-19 outbreak, there hasn’t been a more reasonable time to consider remote hearing care options.
Tele-audiology isn’t new. In fact, it was first conceived in the late 90s. However, recent advancements in technology have made it more realistic for hearing healthcare professionals to offer it as a service delivery method to their patients. And because of this, there are many questions surrounding it. That’s why we’ve decided to pull together 10 frequently asked questions about tele-audiology and provide answers to them.
Recently, our own Sherman Lord, Au.D from e3 Midlantic Technologies Group was published in Seminars in Hearing. Titled “Monitoring Protocols for Cochlear Toxicity,” the article he wrote dives deep into the tests available (both subjective and objective) for effectively monitoring hearing levels and auditory function during drug treatment.
Recently, Audioscan released a new software-assisted system for placement of the probe tube in real-ear measurement (REM) called ProbeGUIDE. Available on Verifit®2 and Axiom®, ProbeGUIDE leverages machine learning to accurately predict when the probe tube tip is within 5mm of the eardrum. Additionally, it lets you continuously see photos of the probe tube's location in real time as you insert it into the ear.
The American Academy of Audiology states that its mission is to “promote quality hearing and balance care by advancing the profession of audiology through leadership, advocacy, education, public awareness, and support of research.” Their Standards of Practice for Audiology were developed to serve this mission. As a refresher, here is a quick summary of those standards.
How many of us get the gratification of helping someone better treat an ailment we struggle with? For Ryan Mills, Au.D. of e3 Gordon Stowe Dayton, it’s almost an everyday occurrence. For the past three years, Ryan has lived with Meniere’s disease, an inner-ear disorder that causes pressure in the ear, severe dizziness and vertigo, hearing loss, and tinnitus.
You can sit down and take your blood pressure reading at any number of retail outlets. You can order a kit to be sent to your home to test for blood-sugar levels, colon cancer, HIV, and more. We are in the age of “do-it-yourself” when it comes to screening for health issues. Now, online hearing tests are part of this DIY phenomenon.