NOTE: this post originally was published in September 21, 2011. As of August 1, 2014, the Disposable Audiology Supplies Brochure mentioned in this post is no longer in print although Customer Service at Oaktree Products can provide you with product information. Call toll free 800.347.1960.
As part of an infection control program, some clinics may make the decision to invest in disposable audiology supplies rather than relying on the use of reusable items. Designed for one-time use, disposable materials eliminate the need for investing time and money toward cleaning, disinfecting and sterilizing products and/or equipment associated with reusable items. Disposables certainly offer clinicians convenience although trying to find suitable disposable supplies is harder than one may think! In response to this growing need, Oaktree Products created a Disposable Audiology Supplies brochure to help busy audiologists quickly orient themselves to and locate a wide offering of disposable products for their clinical practices.
The Disposable Audiology Supplies brochure (item #DAB) is an eight-page color brochure that lists products according to one of three general categories: 1) Diagnostic Tools & Supplies, 2) Fitting Tools & Supplies, and 3) Cerumen Management. Beyond otoscope specula, headphone covers, and foam or cloth electrodes, the Diagnostic Tools & Supplies section provides a comprehensive list of immittance, OAE and insert eartips including generic eartips in various sizes in addition to manufacturer-specific eartips for Grason Stadler, Madsen Otometrics, Biologic and Interacoustics brand instruments. The Fitting Tools & Supplies section outlines disposable tools and supplies for hearing instrument fittings and modifications including new disposable grinding stones in various shapes (wheel, tapered, flame, small barrel, inverted cone, large barrel) along with disposable probe tubes for Siemens, Frye, MedRx, Interacoustics, Madsen, & AudioScan units. Finally, the Cerumen Management section highlights popular disposable instruments including disposable lighted curettes, disposable lighted forceps, and newer disposable suction tubes.