Nearly 50 million Americans are affected by hearing loss. Worldwide, more people experience hearing loss than the number of those affected by Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, epilepsy and diabetes combined, according to Hearing Health Foundation. Even though aging is a cause of hearing loss, it’s not just people over the age of 50 who suffer from this health issue. Kids, teens and young adults can also show signs of hearing loss, and the signs may continue to worsen over time. Along with aging, loud noise is one of the leading causes of hearing loss, and genetic conditions, medications and infections can also be contributing factors. Parents of young children or growing teenagers who begin to experience hearing loss might not be aware until it is too late.
You can help make patients aware of their hearing abilities with one simple test. The Ambco 1000 Audiometer + OTO Screen and Ambco 650 Pure Tone Audiometer are designed to screen test patients’ hearing by presenting pure tones. The patient wears earphones included with the air-only audiometer and responds appropriately upon hearing each tone you present. Patients who are unable to hear certain tones may be experiencing hearing loss. Catching signs of hearing loss early gives patients and families the chance to seek help and make any necessary changes to prevent further damage.
These pure tone audiometers, sold through Medical Device Depot, take only a minute to test patients and can bring in $11.82 or $30.81 in reimbursements, depending on the model you choose. Improve your practice with equipment designed to improve the lives of your patients.