The main goal of tele-audiology is to improve access to audiology care, especially in remote areas that are not easily accessible or for patients who are unable to reach you. To succeed at this, one needs to procure the right type of equipment to allow you to reach patients and provide these services to those in need.
Dr Dirk Koekemoer, the founder of eMoyo and creative genius behind the KUDUwave, takes the mike to discuss his experiences developing healthcare technology for the world.
Tele-audiology is a concept that has been defined and explained excessively in literature. However, there is a paucity of documentation on the practical implementation of tele-audiology in one’s clinic, more especially in the developing world context.
Despite overwhelming evidence in support of extended high-frequency testing, many clinicians remain limited to conventional tonal audiometry (125 - 8000 Hz). Normal hearing in the extended high-frequency range is what enables us to hear conversation in loud environments. Without it, communication in these environments becomes very troublesome.
Ensuring accurate and reliable results isn’t always a walk in the park and we all know that the quality of your test results has a direct impact on diagnosis, management and patient outcomes. It’s a multifaceted concept that requires participation from both the patient and the health care practitioner. Tools and methods that help increase your test results fidelity are worth looking into.
We know that running a practice or any business is tough. While we can’t magic away all of your problems at once, we can help with a few of them and help lighten the load. The KUDUwave already goes a long way in doing this and the software is no different.
You may be an audiologist considering providing screening services to bring more patients into your practice. You may be a doctor interested in adding hearing testing to your service, or branching out into occupational health. Whichever the case, a common consideration is options that either screening or diagnostic options may offer. In order to make the right decision it is important to know the difference between the two.
Various devices can be used to conduct pure tone audiometry. These can range from conventional standalone audiometers, smartphone based, computer based and even computer controlled audiometers. With such a variety, confusion is inevitable. Many people can’t distinguish between a computer based and computer controlled audiometer - partly because no one ever talks about it. This results in the interchangeable use of the terms.
Surely a ‘computer based audiometer’ is any audiometer that is or can be connected to a computer? No, these devices are completely different and these distinctions will be highlighted below.