4 Speech Recognition Apps To Assist The Hearing Impaired.

Automatic Speech Recognition (ASR) is nothing new and has been around for some time, but Google’s recent launch of Live Transcribe has brought ASR back into the spotlight, proving that with any technology one only has to blink and there is a new development, a better version, a more cutting edge app.

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Why you should always calibrate an audiometer?

Regulations and standards that cover the use of audiometers exist globally. While some differ, most, if not all, require that the equipment is calibrated and maintained regularly and records are kept for auditing.  

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Teleaudiology – Helping working Moms find that elusive balance?

If you are a mom and an audiologist, like me, you likely spend your days trying to intricately balance the demands of building a business while caring for your family.

For many, their work is a purely financial necessity.

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6 Of Our Most Popular Audiology Posts Of 2018

We are all human and as humans we know how precious time is.  Family, friends, work and social life, especially over the holidays are priority and it can be difficult to keep up to date.

Don't worry, we're here to help you with a collection of our posts that were most popular amongst KUDUwave readers  in 2018. 

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5 Ways To Look After Your Hearing Over The Holidays

The festive season is here. Masses will be outdoors with family, friends and loved ones celebrating this merry season. Music, concerts, parades, fireworks are the highlight of the festive fun, and don’t forget holiday shopping!
There is no reason to not join in the fun, to listen to some
Frank Ocean or Queen or to do some holiday toy shopping for the children. However, it is important to be mindful on how to protect your ears during this festive season.

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6 Things to Consider when Buying an Audiometer

So…You have planned and documented a business plan for your practice. You have noted the services that you will be providing and now, you need to find an audiometer that meets your needs. Or it may be time to reconsider your current toolset in your current practice. With new options available, it really is the perfect time to contemplate what will work for you and your future plans. You need a device that will suit your program and the services you want to provide.

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What You Need To Consider For Audiology Practice Space Design

Audiology Practice Space Design’’ is a bit of an unusual topic, especially for clinical audiologists, yet it is an important one.

Times are changing, especially in healthcare. Audiologists are trained specialists in the auditory system and are well prepared for the clinical aspect of their practice.  While most audiologists are trained to work IN a practice, many are not as skilled in working ON their practice.  
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5 Ways Audiologists Can Reach More Patients

All businesses fall prey to seasonality and audiology is no different. Some months are great and patients seem to pour through the door and it's hard to keep up. Others are dry, with only a few appointments, repairs or follow-ups. It only takes one dry spell watching your bank balance whittled away on running costs to know the panic that sets in.

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Audiology Marketing | The Ethical Ways To Promote Your Practice

So you’ve got the perfect location and you have your plan down to a T. You’ve procured all the necessary equipment and are ready to hit the ground running. But then you realize that referrals are not enough to keep business flowing.  Time to get marketing. But how do you stay on the right side of ethics. 

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3 Pro Tips For Choosing An Audiology Practice Space

In our previous post on 6 Steps to Setting Up an Audiology Business we covered the main steps one would take when venturing out into private practice. We briefly touched on the importance of location and its significance to your practices’ success.

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6 Steps to Setting Up an Audiology Business

Starting up any kind of business is a daunting challenge for many and an audiology practice is no exception. A private practice demands attention, knowledge and stamina as its focus isn’t only for clinical purposes, but for financial too. Apart from the clinical aspect, many of the other factors were either only briefly addressed or, in some cases, not taught at all in grad school.

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How to Successfully plan for a Tele Audiology Practice

In our previous blog posts on ‘How to Implement Tele-Audiology in your Practice’ and ‘The Right Tools for Teleaudiology’ we covered the fundamental aspects of this concept. But an important facet of any ehealth or tele-audiology project that will ultimately dictate the success of your practice is the strategy employed.

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The Right Tools For TeleAudiology

The main goal of ehealth and in this case, tele-audiology, is to improve access to care, especially for patients in remote areas  or for patients who are unable to come to you.  Successful implementation of remote audiology relies on the careful selection of your equipment. 

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Dr Dirk Koekemoer on KlipKouers (AFR)

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.

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How to Implement Tele-Audiology in your Practice

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.

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4 Reasons To Implement HighAudiometry

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.

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5 Tips to Ensure Quality Audiometry Results

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.

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Why KUDUwave Audiometry Software Is Free, Forever

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.

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At the crossroads of screening and diagnostic audiometry

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.

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The difference between PC-Based and PC-Controlled Audiometer

There are many devices that can be used to conduct pure tone audiometry such as; conventional standalone audiometers, hybrid audiometers, portable audiometers, smartphone based, computer based and  computer controlled audiometers.

With such variety, confusion is inevitable. It is difficult to 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 to each other so let's get into why.

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Boothless Audiometry VS Audiometry Without A Sound Booth

At first glance, this title may seem like a redundant statement, but, in reality, these are vastly different concepts and the sooner we address them the better. Let us first remind ourselves of what a soundbooth is actually for. 

There is little consensus among standards for sound booths globally, there are also many countries where standards don't exist and where they do, they can differ from state to state and may never actually be enforced at all. With that said, there is one overarching concept that I am sure we can all agree on.

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A mother, a wife and an exceptional professional

Gone are the days when women were confined to the boundaries of the home and household chores. Women are now leading professionals, CEO’s, MD’s and engineers just to name a few. They are continually breaking boundaries and challenging stereotypes in society.

One such woman is Dr Nandipha Sekeleni. She is the epitome of an all-rounder who inspires young women to reach further and tap into their endless capabilities.

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Can Tinnitus Affect Hearing Tests Results?

Tinnitus can make it difficult for a patient to distinguish between test tones (pure tones) being presented and those generated by their tinnitus. As a result false-positive responses will occur. In effect, the tones presented are masked when the  tinnitus is of the same pitch but of a higher intensity than the presented tone. As an unfortunate result, a patient may be misdiagnosed and mismanaged.

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Celebrating Women in Audiology

“Success isn’t about how much money you can make, it’s about the difference you can make in people’s lives.”-Michelle Obama.

It’s National Women’s day and what better way to celebrate it than by commemorating women in the field of Audiology. Hearing healthcare professionals are often overlooked and sometimes even underappreciated. However, what many don’t realise is just as the body needs every part to function for optimal health, equally all sectors in health are vital for the success of the healthcare system as a whole.

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Introducing the eMoyo Foundation

We are pleased to introduce the eMoyo foundation. With this initiative, we aim to give back to humanity through healthcare. The foundation was established to help alleviate the burden placed on primary health care facilities. One of our main aims is to provide quality healthcare services to the underprivileged.

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