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How Can I Set Up an Automatic Testing Protocol with the GSI TympStar Pro?

Tony Lombardo, MS

June 26, 2017

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I work in a busy ENT office with several audiologists and we all use the same GSI TympStar Pro™.  Each of us see a variety of patients and have different preferences.  Is there a way to set up the Tympstar Pro to meet everyone’s unique needs to make testing more efficient?

Answer

GSI’s Tympstar Pro™ is a powerful and flexible clinical middle-ear analyzer.  Using the included configuration application (config app) can help save time by allowing multiple diagnostic and screening protocols to be created for each testing preference (examiner or patient type).   With the latest software updates to the TympStar Pro (V1.1) and accompanying config app, users will find setting up the custom protocols intuitive and easy to navigate. 

The TympStar Pro comes loaded with default parameters for automated screening and diagnostic tympanometry.  The screening protocol includes a 226Hz tympanogram and Ipsilateral reflex screening (pass / fail) at 1khz.  Additionally, there are two factory auto-sequence diagnostic protocols loaded into the TympStar Pro. Auto Sequence is initialized from the tymp test type screen and includes a tympanogram, Ipsilateral and Contralateral reflex thresholds at 5, 1, 2 and 4K, as well as Reflex Decay at 5 and 1khz.  These protocols are based on CPT codes and cannot be directly modified; however, you are able to copy them and use them as a template for creating your own custom protocols. Each practitioner can modify the protocols to preferred specifications and easily access individual preferences on the device by pressing the “Examiners” button, and then using the touch screen to select the appropriate protocol.

Customizing the TympStar Pro gives the audiologist a consistent “jumping off” point for evaluations; however, we all know things don’t always move along according to plan.  At any point in the evaluation, the examiner is able to take full manual control of the TympStar Pro and modify the parameters or sequence to accommodate individual testing needs.  With GSI’s TympStar Pro, testing and analysis of the middle-ear is efficient and precise.  From integrated and custom protocols, to advanced automatic functionality, evaluations will be quick and accurate. For more TympStar Pro tips and tricks, check out the webinar, Customizing to Enhance Efficiency with GSI TympStar Pro.  For more information on the GSI TympStar Pro and other GSI solutions, visit www.grason-stadler.com and the GSI Expo on AudiologyOnline.


tony lombardo

Tony Lombardo, MS

At GSI, Tony is focused on training, support and education.  He received his Masters degree from the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh with an emphasis on pediatric audiology.  He has over 20 years of experience in the hearing industry and has worked in a variety of settings.  He has experience performing diagnostic testing with all age ranges, industrial audiology, retail, hearing aid financing and insurance, practice development programs and industry trade shows.  


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