“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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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.
Winter is one of those seasons you either love or love to hate. A warm blanket and chai latte on a comfy couch is the ideal scenario for the average winters day. But, with cold weather comes a multitude of bugs and sniffles.
The worst of which is the dreaded flu and boy can it get you down. It only takes a touch of a germ-infested surface or a nearby sneeze of someone with the flu virus, and within days, you're curled up in bed with a box of tissues.
Over the years, there's been an increase in the use of insert earphones (IE) in audiometry. Although previously supra-aural headphones were part of standard practice, insert earphones perform the same function. Furthermore, various clinical studies have shown that both transducers yield thresholds within 5dB of each other, validating the use of IE. Inserts are simply a foam earplug with tubing that carries the test signal into the ear.
“Millions saw the apple fall, but Newton asked why.’’ - Bernard Baruch. As clinicians, we often follow the same protocols and procedures we learned in university. These procedures become a habit, we are so used to them that we don’t even think about them anymore. It’s just the way we do it, the way we have always done it.
This reminds me of a story a colleague shared with me a while ago.
Imagine having a constant whistling, buzzing or ringing in your ears - all day. You can never escape it, it’s always there. It may seem better or quieter during the day, while watching the television, or while you’re on your favorite ride at the theme park.
But as soon as you lay your head on the pillow, in the quiet of your room, there it is - the annoying sound that won’t go away.
The second wave of technological disruption is well underway. Like a tsunami headed for the shore, the fourth industrial revolution is not losing momentum. This second wave doesn’t seem as disruptive as the one before it, but it’s one not to be underestimated.
As mentioned in the previous post on Industry 4.0, optimization of computer systems and automation are at the core of this revolution. Bots now display abilities that simulate human behavior with an intelligence never thought of before. Systems in manufacturing are also being improved, accelerating the quantity and quality of their output. Incredible isn’t it? Not only can more be done in less time, but more can be done with less resources spent.
In 1876, Alexander Graham Bell and his colleague Watson experienced the very first telephone call in their Boston lab. The call wasn't clear or crisp, but it was the end of the telegraph and the beginning of modern day telephony.
Today, the smartphone has further revolutionised the telephone. It integrates multiple technologies to provide crisp and clear communication that reaches across the world. It even provides access to the world’s knowledge as well as incredible photography too.
Who, in the 1800’s, would have imagined that this was even possible?