Detecting hearing loss before significant speech impairments
Skaneateles Falls, N.Y. – Welch Allyn, a leading medical diagnostic device company that delivers pragmatic innovation at the point of care, today introduced its next generation OAE Hearing Screener, a fast, objective pediatric hearing-testing device that can be administered at the push of a button. The portable, handheld device delivers sounds into a child’s ear canal and measures the otoacoustic emission (OAE) response produced by outer hair cells in the cochlea. Designed to detect hearing loss in newborns, infants, toddlers, pre-school and school age children, the device does not require patient response or practitioner interpretation of exam results. The rechargeable, portable device features wireless Bluetooth® connectivity that enables automated patient data transfer to Data Manager software that lets users sort data and generate reports.
“The new Welch Allyn OAE Hearing Screener gives providers a fast, accurate, objective response so their patient doesn’t have to,” said Rick Farchione, senior global category manager at Welch Allyn. “But this new hearing screener is more than a state-of-the-art diagnostic device – it’s a connected solution for healthcare professionals who will now be able to enroll even their youngest patients in early intervention programs to help prevent language disabilities before they occur. In a matter of seconds, it provides data that the clinician can use to help improve patient outcomes.”
The compact Welch Allyn OAE Hearing Screener presents a soft pair of tones through a probe placed in the patient’s ear canal. A small microphone in the probe measures the OAE and compares the response to normal data – assigning a pass or refer result to the screening on an intuitive full-color display. The presence of passing OAEs is highly correlated with normal hearing and middle ear function.
Source: Welch Allyn Inc.