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.
When time is precious and accuracy is essential, the Interacoustics ASSR software module comes through in the clutch. Leveraging its patented Full Spectrum Detection engine and CE-Chirp stimuli, it can test an unprecedented eight frequencies simultaneously (4 frequencies per ear) to threshold in 20 to 30 minutes.
An interface is a “shared boundary in which two or more separate components of a computer system exchange information.” Such exchanges can be between software, computer hardware, peripheral devices, or a combination of all.
For hearing care professionals, having a reliable interface for your diagnostic equipment is very important. Unfortunately, many systems, such as the Bio-logic Navigator PRO, still run on the antiquated Windows 7 operating system. While Windows 7 is still reliable, mainstream support is no longer available and security updates will cease in 2020.
Listen up! Natus/Otometrics has officially announced the discontinuation of its Bio-logic® Navigator® PRO clinical diagnostic evoked potential system. This means if you own this device, parts are going to be much harder to find in the event it goes kaput.
Here is a bit of better news: Through December 31, 2018, your local e3 Diagnostics office will let you trade in your Navigator PRO (Bio-Logic Navigation Pro Diagnostics Evoked Potential System 2nd Generation Silver Box) for a free ASSR software module with purchase of the Interacoustics Eclipse EP25!