How does the Otometrics MADSEN Astera2 support tinnitus assessment and management?
Clement Sanchez: The MADSEN Astera2 from Otometrics is the only clinical audiometer with a dedicated tinnitus evaluation module. It has the psychoacoustical tests that we discussed, along with the tinnitus questionnaires, built in. And, the tinnitus evaluation module is very well integrated into the professional’s workflow. It guides you through the evaluation process.
The MADSEN Astera2 includes additional functionality including loudness scaling so that you can measure sound sensitivity for patients who also demonstrate that symptom. It also enables you to conduct Bekesy audiometry, which is not something new and fancy, but can be very useful for a tinnitus evaluation. For example, it is useful for patients who report that their tinnitus changes throughout the day – maybe sometimes it sounds like a low frequency buzz while other times it is a high frequency sound. With Bekesy audiometry, which is automatic, you can quickly and easily determine the pitch of their tinnitus and also get information on the patient’s sensitivity to sounds.
MADSEN Astera2 provides all these fundamental tools in an integrated and clear workflow for a complete tinnitus evaluation that is aligned with best practices.
Wendy Switalski: The clear layout of the MADSEN Astera2 tinnitus evaluation module makes the evaluation process very easy for professionals. For people that are new to tinnitus, it is a very approachable way to add tinnitus assessment to their practice. And, not only is the tinnitus module integrated into the Astera2, but the Astera works with the OTOsuite software. That means it is very easy to compare tinnitus assessment results and questionnaire results over time.
There is one other very important piece to tinnitus assessment - reimbursement. There is a CPT code for psychoacoustic evaluation, and the workflow in the tinnitus module ensures you have completed the necessary steps for documentation and reimbursement purposes. Lastly, it generates a tinnitus report for referral sources.
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