Based on feedback collected from subscribers and followers (YOUR Audiology Blog!), today’s post introduces the new blog segment Audiology “ToTT“. This feature is intended to provide Tips of The Trade (hence, “ToTT”) shared by Audiologists actively using products in their current practices. As new information is acquired, additional Audiology ToTTs will be posted with the hope that other clinicians can apply these suggestions in their own clinic. For example, did you know that a video otoscope can be used in different ways others than performing otoscopy?
An Audiologist visiting the Oaktree Products booth at AudiologyNOW 2013 in Anaheim mentioned using their Firefly Video Otoscope to examine hearing instruments. The receiver port of a hearing instrument occasionally gets clogged with cerumen and/or debris that may be difficult to see with the naked eye. This Audiologists uses their Firefly Video Otoscope not only to perform otoscopy (see Firefly YouTube Video on Oaktree Products Channel), but to visually inspect hearing aid ports in a magnified fashion. The larger image generated by the video otoscope assists in identifying cerumen located deeper down the port, providing the opportunity to manually remove the cerumen in the office rather than sending it off for repair.
Not too long ago, a customer purchased several Welch Ally Digital Macroview Video Otoscopes for his practice and the staff started using the product in a unique way. When dispensing hearing instruments, the video otoscope is used to help the patient see their ear when practicing proper hearing instrument (or earmold) insertion. With the computer monitor located in front of the patient, when the Audiologist directs the video otoscope at the side of the patient’s head, it provides the patient with a large and clear view of their ear. This video otoscope application is far less cumbersome than using multiple mirrors. So, next time you use or consider investing in a video otoscope, remember: it isn’t just for otoscopy! Look for future Audiology ToTTs and continue checking out the popular Guest Blog segment posted the first Wednesday of every new month.