Immittance testing is a standard part of my workflow, but many times, I feel like I do not have control over the test process. Can you suggest ways to help me save time and improve my patients' experience?
Diane Sabo: Even though immittance testing is a standard part of your workflow, many variables can distract you from performing the test and achieving accurate test results. Some example of the challenges that can disrupt the testing process are: squirming children, a poor seal, clogged probes or flaccid ears in older adults—all of which can lead to unexpected and costly delays. These challenges also interfere with staying focused on the patient and completing the appropriate tests.
The kind of equipment you use and how the device fits into your workflow can streamline your test process. For example, the MADSEN® Zodiac is the only immittance device in the market with a dual probe. It enables audiologists to keep the screening probe and a diagnostic probe connected at the same time. You can just grab the probe you need for a particular patient without interrupting your workflow. It also means there is a backup probe should you need it. It’s the small things like a dual probe option that when combined with other small things – such as easy cleaning and changing of probe tips – add up to real efficiency gains so you can use more of your time on the things that matter – helping your patients.
Clement Sanchez: To Diane’s point, one of the main challenges clinicians face in immittance testing is getting and keeping a reliable seal. So here’s another tip: Look for probes that are lightweight, ergonomic and easy to use. Remote controls on the probes are also a convenient feature. Long, sturdy cables allow you to stay close to your patient without having to go back and forth to the device.
These details are important when it comes to efficiency in immittance testing – and taking back control of the testing process. Read more about the benefits of adding MADSEN Zodiac to your diagnostic workflow in our recent interview with AudiologyOnline. Visit the Otometrics and Audiology Systems Expo Page on AudiologyOnline for the latest CE courses and other resources.