How to Read an Audiogram

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on Mar 12, 2018 10:37:01 AM
You just did an audiometric test and your results are in front of you - what do you do now? After this article, you as a clinician will understand how to accurately read and understand audiogram results. Hopefully this will help you make appropriate and effective management decisions.

It goes without saying that audiometry is one of the most powerful diagnostic tools in medicine. In order to treat hearing impairment effectively, its precise cause, nature and extent must be determined by the clinician - the report produced by conducting audiometry, is one of the powerful tools that is used to achieve this.

Pure tone audiometry results  influence the diagnosis and type of treatment chosen for a patient significantly. In fact, decisions with respect to the choices of surgery, use of hearing amplification devices or the need for medical treatment are based heavily on the results! This emphasizes the reason why clinicians need to understand how to read pure tone audiometry results.

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Ambient noise attenuation: the key to reliable hearing assessment

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on Mar 2, 2018 1:47:45 PM

Have you ever experienced loud interfering background noise during testing? Has it ever been so loud that testing had to stop?  Well, you are not the only one.  Background noise, also known as ambient noise, is a huge concern as not only can it affect the quality of your results, but can also create a knock on effect for the patient.

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Occupational Health Hearing Screening Compliance (SANS).

Posted by Grant Slabbert on Feb 7, 2018 5:54:38 AM

YES, the Kuduwave™ complies with all required standards as an audiometer.  But lets look deeper  into just how we comply to the South African National Standard (SANS) as they pertain to occupational health, thanks to a report by Dr. Anita Edwards (at the time from the CSIR) 

It is important to note that ordinary audiometers  wether they are screening audiometers or diagnostic, do not atttenuate sound. The combination of audiometric booths and standard audiometry headsets is what is relied upon to generate the sound blocking required and must comply with the standards related to maximum permissible ambient noise levels (MPANL) as set out by the SANS standards as much as we do.

What makes this device different is that the the soundbooth, audiometer and headset is combined creating a mix of compliance requirements unique to the KUDUwave™.  

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Design thinking - Making Sense of the Complex = Simple Paradox

Posted by Bernard Smith on Jan 17, 2018 10:00:00 AM

Humanity finds itself in a strange and sometimes frightening place in the 21st Century.

As we enter the fourth industrial revolution amid exploding research and development into artificial intelligence and robotics, where the man/machine interface is becoming closer and digital, the social landscape is full of paradoxes - one in which our ever-expanding global population is plagued by the phenomenon that while the rich get richer, the poor get poorer.

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Deaf or Death? A New Answer to Ototoxicity's Oldest Question

Posted by Hlolo Ramatsoma on Jan 16, 2018 12:11:02 PM

Ototoxicity is the negative effect of certain medications that can cause hearing loss. Even common medication such as Aspirin or ibuprofen pose a risk.  It is well documented but largely ignored and rarely discussed. If you have ever found yourself advocating for ototoxicity monitoring, a question such as “Would you rather the patient die or go deaf?” will not likely be new to you.  While this argument has historically carried validity, advancements in both technology and medication alike offer a new and more helpful answer, “Neither!”.

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Why Audiology Isn't a Dodo

Posted by eMoyo on Nov 23, 2017 8:30:00 AM

Like it or not, audiology is changing, and the challenge to stay relevant is real. But, with change comes opportunity. You need to trust that change is not only constant but necessary and that moving with the times rather than against them is the best plan of action. But how?

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How Telemedicine is Changing the Face of Audiology Forever

Posted by eMoyo on Sep 1, 2017 9:00:51 AM

As a general rule of life and technology, in particular,  tradition eventually takes a backseat to innovation, convenience, and mobility every single time. Examples of this are all around us, in every industry — a prime example being Landline Telephones in America. In  2005, 90% American households had a landline phone.  Cut to December 2016, and the figure dropped to less than 46%, as per the estimates from the National Health Interview Survey July-Dec 2016.

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An Ultimate Guide to Occupational Health Screening

Posted by eMoyo on Aug 31, 2017 3:36:47 PM

Employees are the most important asset in any company. In order to ensure that the workforce is kept functioning at its optimal level, companies may request occupational health screening checks to be done. When employees are healthy and feel valued, it benefits them as well as the company to which they are employed. The company further benefits from a workforce which will be highly productive and efficient. There will also be a reduction in the number of cases of absenteeism as well as sickness.

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How Tele-Audiology Is Taking Care to Patients

Posted by eMoyo on Aug 31, 2017 3:01:12 PM

What could possibly be in common between astronauts living on the International Space Station (ISS) and people eking out a living in rural sub-Saharan Africa? It’s not just isolation that joins these two sets of seemingly contrasting faces of humanity. Ironically enough, it is access to high-quality hearing health care.

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Coalition for Global Hearing Health Conference - Miami

Posted by eMoyo on Aug 30, 2017 12:31:16 PM

Early registrations are open for Miami, USA | 12-14 Oct 2017
The Coalition for Global Hearing Health advocates for effective hearing health services and policiesThey focus on equipping and empowering hearing healthcare professionals, families, educators, communities and those with hearing loss.

They also focus on encouraging and perpetuating best practices, all of which to promote and enhance hearing health services in low-resource communities .
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