Used to measure hearing loss and evaluate the hearing acuity in an individual, audiometers have come a long way in the past few decades. Though more precise and efficient, their basic setup is the same: A computer delivers a number of tones at different intensities to a patient wearing a set of headphones. The patient responds to the tones they can hear, and this data is used to help determine what kind of hearing aid they may need.
Different practices require different audiometers. To give you a sample of the variety available, here are three audiometers to suit the various needs of ENT clinics.
The Digital Pilot Hearing Test Audiometer is engineered to screen children as young as three years old. It works by turning the procedure into a game, where children are asked to look at pictures and match them to the sentences they hear. It’s a great example of ingenuity and technology coming together to serve the youngest patients.
For those looking for a compact unit that still allows you to test using a tone, pulse or warble at a full range of frequencies, the MA 27 Portable Audiometer provides an optimal solution. Easy to set up and easy to use, this unit is perfect for house calls or as a backup machine.
Over the years, many doctors and practitioners develop a very specific method for testing patients. In these cases, they want more than a one-size-fits-all audiometer. The Earscan 3 is a fully programmable audiometer that allows users to customize it to fit their needs and those of their patients.
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.