Criteria For Defining Asymmetrical Hearing Loss

Asymmetrical hearing loss is not always taken seriously by healthcare professionals outside of audiology -

"It can be a tumour"!

Asymmetrical hearing loss is of important diagnostic interest as it has implications on the treatment, surgery and rehabilitation of the patient. Most clinicians have had a patient showing an asymmetric hearing loss on their audiogram (check out our previous blog post on How to Read an Audiogram), bringing forward questions such as: is this worth a referral? Asymmetrical hearing loss is defined as a hearing loss that is significantly worse in one ear compared to the other. But how much worse is significantly worse?

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Degrees of hearing loss versus Grades of hearing impairment and some maths on how to classify the configuration of hearing loss

While hearing loss is defined as partial or total inability to hear sounds with one or both ears, it is much more complex than that. To that end, a lot of research has been done and an important number of standards have been written regarding the topic of hearing loss. This vast amount of information has served to better classify hearing loss, to reduce the complexity of its definition and to assist clinicians in uniform diagnosis of hearing loss. 

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An otoscopic examination is essential: Don’t skip it.

Each person has their own method of building a puzzle. Generally, you begin with the edges because they are the quickest to identify. One should approach screening and diagnosis in the same fashion, piece by piece discovering the overall picture. As a healthcare professional, you will need your patient to be thoroughly prepared for an audiometric test. This will include a comprehensive case history and an otoscopic examination.

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eMoyo’s Greatest Hits on the KUDUwave Blog!

Join us in the count down to the most viewed blog post eMoyo has shared to date.

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A Free & Easy Way To Get More Customers To Your Practice.

Customers are the lifeblood of any business whether established or new. While Audiologists and doctors will be focused on patients occupational/industrial health companies will be looking for clients (who have patients). Either way, you need more of them.

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Easily Skyrocket Your Audiology Practice With Less

So, why don’t you own your own practice? Why can’t you see more patients every day? Can’t you find ways of better managing your time? Why do I have to go somewhere else for another hearing test? Can’t you use the results of the hearing screening?

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Hearing Assessments in the Elderly Population

Age-related hearing loss (presbycusis) is the most prevalent sensory impairment in the elderly. Approximately one in three adults between the ages of 65 and 74 have some degree of hearing loss, while almost half of those older than 75 experience hearing problems.

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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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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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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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Q&A: The Changing Future Of Audiology With Dr Dirk Koekemoer

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?

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Why seeing an audiologist is an investment in company performance

 If you have ever had a conference call  you will likely understand the frustration of being a part of a broken conversation in which you cannot participate.  This video sums it up perfectly and may give you a chuckle. 

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Recorded Speech Tests vs. Monitored Live Voice

Of the many hearing tests, speech audiometry is one of the most fundamental in the test battery. Unfortunately, it has been shown to be one of the tests that audiologists conduct without using procedures that have been shown to be valid and reliable (Martin & Pennington, 1971; Martin & Forbis, 1978; Martin & Sides, 1985; Martin & Morris, 1989; Martin et al, 1994, 1998; Wiley et al,1995).

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We're betting on task shifting in audiology, and you should too.

World Hearing Day was a little over a month ago. On the day, WHO released their estimates of the numbers they predict will have disabling hearing loss by 2050.

While the numbers they predicted were startling, it didn't seem as though it garnered enough of a reaction.

They estimated that 900 million people will suffer from disabling hearing loss by 2050. That is up from the current number of 466 million.

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8 Audiology Jobs You Should Probably Know About

Some may think of audiologists as people who fit the elderly with hearing aids. While this may be partly true, it is a vast simplification of what audiologists actually do. 

Audiology is a varied and complex profession requiring in-depth anatomical and physiological knowledge. It is demanding and requires commitment to quality patient care, empathy, careful counseling and patience.

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Why Audiology Has A Future

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

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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