Occupational Healthcare hearing solution

Prevention is better than cure. The same is true in the occupational health field. 

Employees are the most important asset of any company. Occupational health checks help to keep the workforce healthy and productive. Healthy employees can be more efficient and are less likely to be absent from work. 

Noise-Induced Hearing Loss (NIHL) is preventable. 

The KUDUwave has been used extensively in the occupational health field for baseline assessments, monitoring of hearing status, and ultimately early identification and prevention of NIHL. 

Compliance to occupational health audiometric standards

YES, the Kuduwave™ complies with all required national and international standards as an occupational health audiometer. 

  • SANS 8253-1 | ANSI S3.6 | ISO 8253-1 | IEC 60645-1

Audiometer specifications for occupational hearing health solution

Clinically validated in multiple peer-reviewed journal articles, and evaluated for compliance with standards for hearing conservation purposes by the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, South Africa. 

The technical specifications of the KUDUwave audiometer were found to comply with the relevant standards and audiometer features for hearing conservation programme purposes.

  • Medical and occupational health questionnaires.
      • Contextualised occupational hearing health and healthcare history questionnaires based on the clinician requirements.
      • Generate Medical Certificate of Fitness as per Construction regulation 2014 (ZA Act 85 of 1993).
  • Pure tone audiometry protocols: Automated and manual air-conduction testing (with extended high frequencies). 
      • Percentage Loss of Hearing (PLH) used for baseline, follow-up and exit audiograms as per SANS 10083:2013 standard.
      • STS Milestone Baseline, periodic, and exit audiometry as per the OSHA standard.
      • HSE audiometry Categorisation Scheme 
  • Occupational Hearing Health specific reporting.
      • Specialised occupational health audiogram reporting based on the protocol being followed (i.e. PLH). Hearing outcomes and audiogram comparisons (baseline vs periodic) are automated.
  • Language-specific conditioning.
  •  Language should not be a barrier to healthcare. The KUDUwave integrated various South African languages to ensure comprehension of test requirements by the patients. 

Secure and encrypted data storage

The eMoyo Electronic Medical Record system comes as standard. To allow for efficient and effective occupational hearing health implementation and execution. 

Folder management with the KUDUwave. With the KUDUwave software, you can create as many folders as you need. These folders make patient profile storage and retrieval efficient. The clinician can organize their patients into area names or occupational-site served, and further by grouping them into sub-folders to indicate whether the patient came for baseline, periodic or exit audiometry. 

Secure data storage, backup and restore with the KUDUwave. Patient records are a sensitive business. The KUDUwave allows you to store patient data on the software, this data is safe and encrypted. 

Thinking Out The Booth

The accuracy of the test results obtained at occupational sites depends heavily on the equipment used. If employing booth-less audiometry, it is important to ensure that the device can attenuate ambient noise sufficiently to ensure accurate diagnostic results.

Boothless testing with the KUDUwave. Using Ambi-Dome™. Unique to KUDUwave, Ambi-Dome is the combination of physical passive noise blocking and active noise monitoring technology that provides the core boothless testing ability of every KUDUwave Audiometer. The KUDUwave attenuates ambient noise similar to a single-wall sound booth.

Passive Attenuation is provided by the unique combination of dual circumaural ear cups and insert earphones, and offers the same level of attenuation as a standard audiometric booth.

Active Noise Monitoring is an additional assurance against intermittent peaks in noise. During a hearing test, ambient sound is monitored by integrated external microphones in real-time. This is simultaneously compared to the intensity and frequency of the tone being presented.

If noise will affect the tone presented it is marked and displayed on the live audiogram view. The clinician is then able to pause testing until the noise subsides or manually repeat the tone later in the test. Noise levels will also be indicated on the final report as a quality control measure.

In automatic test mode, affected tones can be set to repeat later in the test automatically to ensure that every tone is heard.

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