Explore and compare 13 Otoacoustic Emissions and Auditory Brain Stem testing devices from six manufacturers—augmented with a selection of six additional instruments as the “Best of the Rest.”
Welcome to the next in Hearing Review Products’ ongoing series of Technology Guides. This issue we’re bringing you another extensive side-by-side matrix showcasing a variety of Otoacoustic Emission (OAE) and Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR) screening devices from the industry’s leading manufacturers. We’ve gathered 13 instruments from six makers—all of them available on the following downloadable PDF file. And speaking of PDFs, you’ll find those for all of our past Technology Guides on this site as well.
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To round out our survey of OAE/ABR screeners, we’ve pulled together information on some additional devices on the market.
Best of the Rest
GN Otometrics’ Madsen Accuscreen
Copenhagen-based GN Otometrics (US headquarters in Schaumburg, Ill) unveiled the latest version of its newborn hearing screening device, the Madsen AccuScreen, this June in Italy. An intuitive two-step OAE and ABR screening device, AccuScreen offers touch-screen technology and features a multipurpose docking station, powerful software, an angled probe, and dual-density ear couplers. Any combination of DPOAE, TEOAE, and ABR test is available, while ABR testing can be done using either the probe or ear couplers.
Welch Allyn OAE Hearing Screener
Welch Allyn, Skaneateles Falls, NY, offers its OAE Hearing Screener for precise, quick, and objective screening for hearing loss in newborns, infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school-age children. The unit is powered by a rechargeable lithium battery and features a 10-test memory with simple interface with included printer. Patient information can be downloaded into a PC ASCII file. It comes with a 1-year warranty and can be fitted with a variety of ear tip sizes.
Natus Algo 5
Natus Medical Inc, San Carlos, Calif, offers its Algo 5 newborn hearing screener, incorporating the company’s proprietary AABR technology. The fully automated Algo 5 objectively screens both ears simultaneously and comes with completely standardized, preset screening parameters that need no adjustments. Data can be transferred via network, CD, or USB flash drive, and is compatible with a variety of data management systems including Natus’ proprietary program.
Vivosonic Integrity V500
Vivosonic Inc, Toronto, makes the Integrity V500, powered by the company’s patented Kalman Weighted Filtering algorithm, which optimizes digital signal processing and reduces artifacts coming from muscular and ocular electrical activity. Ideally suited for testing nursing infants and active children, the Integrity V500 is a portable, PC-based system whose VivoLink component is the only wireless combined platform for auditory electrophysiological and OAE assessment, as well as hearing screening.
Maico MB11 Baby Screener
The MB11 Baby Screener from Maico Diagnostics, Eden Prairie, Tenn, is an Automatic ABR screener without adhesive electrodes. The USB-powered MB11 features an integrated earphone, integrated preamplifier, as well as the company’s new CE-Chirp, which stimulates all regions of the cochlea, delivering more reliable results. Full HI TRACK compatibility ensures smooth results tracking and data transfer to other systems.
The Bio-Logic Abaer system from Natus Medical Inc, San Carlos, Calif, give flexibility to perform either ABR or OAE testing. The Abaer features fully automated Point Optimized Variance Ratio detection technology developed by the House Ear Institute. Touch-screen and keyboard/mouse functions allow easy navigation, data management software is built in, and it is compatible with third-party systems such as OZ and HI TRACK. Included with the Abaer screener and touch-panel computer are the cart, electrode cable, OAE probe, insert earphones with adapters, and supply starter kit.