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School-based screenings

An ideal solution for school-hearing screenings

Unidentified and untreated childhood hearing loss has been shown to dramatically delay a child’s speech and language development, thus affecting their academic achievement and their vocational opportunities later in life. Even a ‘mild’ hearing loss may result in poor educational performance and greater difficulty with aspects such as self-esteem, social and emotional abilities. 

Early identification and intervention of hearing loss is essential in ensuring optimal development in children.

The power of boothless audiometry and automation opens up possibilities for school-based hearing screenings. 

The KUDUwave has been clinically proven as a valid and accurate tool to provide accessible school hearing screening services.

A hearing screening solution for school-based programs

With the KUDUwave, hearing screening services can be taken to the school avoiding and reducing lost school time for the children. 

  • Screening pure tone audiometry: Automated and manual air conduction testing with masking capabilities. 
  • Active noise monitoring technology: School environments can be noisy – the KUDUwave can handle most noise. However, environmental noise warnings are shown to the tester should the noise be excessive during testing.

All-in-one screening solution

Traditionally, audiometric screenings take place in a sound-treated booth, these sound booths are normally not in a school environment. Therefore, taking children from school activities to screen their hearing. 

With the KUDUwave, children can be tested on-site as a result of the KUDUwave’s increased ambient noise attenuation feature. This allows for accurate test results in any school environment. 

Optional to your screening tool is the KUDUwave TMP

The most common cause of fluctuating hearing loss in children is otitis media (also known as middle-ear infection). Otitis media affects 5-30% of children between 6 months and 11 years of age. 

Tympanometry has been validated as a more reliable method for identifying middle-ear infections as it is an objective test. The integration of the KUDUwave TMP into your screening equipment will improve the accuracy of your screening results. 

Restrictive and more direct referrals can be made. 

Secure and encrypted data storage

The eMoyo Electronic Medical Record system comes as standard. To allow for efficient and effective school screening program 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 school names or centre served, and further by grouping them into sub-folders such as their diagnosis, plan of action or age group. 

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 in a school environment 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.

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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