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What are the Practical Benefits of Automated Verification Using Aurical?

Peter Kossek, Wendy Switalski, AuD

May 8, 2017

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What are the practical benefits of automated verification using Aurical?

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Peter Kossek: Aurical® streamlines the entire fitting process while ensuring quality and efficiency at every step. From the usability perspective, Aurical now offers a capability that makes it easy to verify hearing instrument fittings automatically with hearing instrument software from ReSound and Phonak. This functionality enables a streamlined fitting workflow and automated target-based fitting from within ReSound Aventa® using AutoRem and Phonak Target™ using TargetMatch.

We understand that fitting a hearing instrument can be a time-consuming process. Verification adds some important information to the process, but some audiologists and hearing care professionals hesitate to do verification because of the expected additional time consumption. Aurical makes it easier and faster by automating the verification process. Tight integration between Aurical and the hearing instrument fitting software allows you to adjust the hearing instrument automatically and make an automated fit to a prescriptive target from inside Phonak or ReSound fitting software. Aurical and Otosuite® software simplify the entire verification process for a fast and precise fitting.

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Wendy: Depending on the fitting software, various advanced functionalities are available to enhance the fitting process. For example, guidance to position the probe tube to the correct depth and binaural fitting deliver more efficiency gains.

In addition to efficiency and precision, another benefit is a smoother workflow and easier training. You can incorporate verification as a standard element in your clinic workflow. Instead of learning and working in two software programs, you can now verify your hearing instrument fitting directly from inside the fitting software, and learn and work in one – streamlining the fitting and verification process. And, with a much shorter learning curve, you and your clients benefit from verified fittings sooner.

Peter: Every new update to Aurical is designed to help audiologists and hearing care professionals help their clients  –  and maximize the features of hearing instruments to meet the client’s need. It is a complete, modular fitting solution that encompasses audiometry, PMM, HIT, video otoscopy and a HI programming interface in one system. Hearing care professionals can use the modules independently or combine them as needed. This latest release demonstrates once again how Aurical continues to innovate – enabling hearing care professionals to realize greater efficiency gains while boosting the quality of counseling and care. The latest development is the support of automated verification in the coupler with Phonak Target 5.1 which is another step in making hearing care services more efficient and with a consistently higher quality. You can read more about the Aurical at: audiologysystems.com/aurical.

Wendy: For more fitting efficiency tips, you can read AURICAL: Streamline Your Fitting Workflow. You may also join our AudiologyOnline webinars Verification & Counseling of Digital Hearing Instruments with the AURICAL PMM System and AURICAL HIT Applications Part 1 - Applications for Hearing Instrument Fittings and Beyond. Our customers can contact their local sales representative or their dedicated field audiologists for more information about available CEUs, education and training opportunities. They can also register for upcoming courses at www.audiologysystems.com/education

Visit www.audiologysystems.com or the Otometrics and Audiology Systems Expo Page on AudiologyOnline to learn more.


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Peter Kossek

Peter Kossek has close to 30 years of experience in the hearing care industry. He has been involved in designing and developing several generations of fitting systems, introducing some firsts. Furthermore, Kossek is involved in cross-manufacturer work with other HIMSA licensees. He is the Senior Product Manager for the AURICAL fitting solution by Otometrics; a complete, modular fitting solution from Otometrics that encompasses audiometry, PMM, HIT, video otoscopy and an HI programming interface in one system. 


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Wendy Switalski, AuD

Wendy Switalski, Au.D. is the Field Development Audiology Manager at Otometrics/Audiology Systems. Prior to joining the company,  Dr. Switalski was the president of Audiometric Consultants Inc., an instrumentation distribution company, and a consultant to Otometrics, a leading manufacturer of hearing and balance equipment. Additionally, she has a private audiology practice in metro-Detroit serving both adult and pediatric populations;and also serves as audiologist for the South Pacific territory of American Samoa. Dr. Switalski has previously served on the boards of the Michigan Academy of Audiology and the Rotary Club of Waterford and currently serves on the Advisory Board of Global ENT Outreach. She holds a Master’s degree in audiology from the University of Northern Colorado, an M.B.A. from Saginaw Valley State University, and an Au.D. from the Pennsylvania College of Optometry School of Audiology. 


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