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Hearscreener

If you need to quickly assess hearing, then this inexpensive hearing screening tool is for you.

There are many situations when we need to discount hearing problems when working with someone with challenges with:-

  • Speech and language delay

  • Phonological awareness 

  • Listening and concentration 

  • Auditory processing

  • Attention and focus

The HearScreener HS 3000 is a breakthrough in creating a budget priced screener of hearing ability that is fully automated so that it can be administered by a non-specialist. It has options to conduct a screening of 5 or 10 sound frequencies either manually or automatically.

 

  • An automated screening tool to assess hearing levels:

    • 5 frequencies screened in 3-4 minutes.

    • 10 frequencies screened in 6-7 minutes.

  • Volume range from -12dB to 30dB.

  • Left ear and right ear screened separately.

  • Results downloadable to PC for printing, interpretation and record keeping.

  • Automation allows for screening by non-specialists.

  • For specialists a manual option to check each frequency and volume level.

  • Also includes an Hearscreener record form to note the results immediately

 

Why HearScreener?

 

HearScreener offers you the ability to conduct a quick and easy hearing test. Whilst not a replacement for a full audiological assessment, HearScreener can be used to rapidly assess hearing levels.

The results from the HearScreener can confirm normal hearing levels so that we can be sure that any deficits in areas such as auditory processing, speech and listening skills are not related to hearing loss.

Normal hearing levels are considered to be in a range up to +30dB. Results outside this level would be classified by an audiologist as at least mild hearing loss.

HearScreener quickly tests hearing ability from -12dB to +30dB across a range of frequencies.

HearScreener can be a powerful additional screening tool for:

 

  • Support for Learning staff and classroom Teachers.

  • School Nurses conducting hearing screening.

  • Therapists working with auditory stimulation and sound therapy programmes.

  • Anyone wishing to check hearing levels as part of a wider assessment of function.

 

There is a clear difference between hearing and listening. Many children with normal hearing levels have problems with the active processing of auditory information – this is listening.

The HearScreener can be a useful addition to the Baseline Assessment of all children in a Primary School.

Speech is one of the main communication mediums for humans. Phonemes, the main constituents of consonants and vowels, are themselves made up of often complex combinations of pure tones. So, hearing ability is assessed by an Audiologist using an audiometer which produces pure tones measured in two components:

1. Tone / Pitch or Frequency: measured in Hertz : the symbol is Hz
2. Volume: measured in Decibels : the symbol is dB

A key part of the audiological assessment is to find the Threshold, or lowest volume, at which the individual tones can be identified across a range generally covering 125Hz to 8000Hz. HearScreener emulates an audiometer for this task and uses a quick, automated programme to screen key frequencies within this range. The child being screened interacts simply clicks the mouse when hearing a tone.

What you see on the HearScreener display during a screening:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 



 

Each tone starts at + 00dB; increasing by 5dB until a mouse button response. Automatically HearScreener tries that level less 5dB, then further reduces by 5dB until it gets no response. It will then hunt up in 5dB steps for a response. If the response is at +00dB it will hunt down through -06dB; -08dB to -12dB.

With the Manual Option there is the facility to check for indicators of the threshold at each frequency using tones in either 5dB or 2.5dB steps.

Recording the data from a screening

The HearScreener Kit offers 2 methods of recording the results:

1. By downloading the data from the HS into a PC 

2. By using the “Screening Record Sheet” to create a manual record.


The HearScreener kit consists of:

A HearScreener, 1 set of special headphones, mouse, a USB cable for connection to a PC, software CD-ROM, a set of detailed instructions.

PC system requirements for this software:

Windows XP / 2000 / ME / 98Se; USB 1.1 connector; CD-ROM drive;
Minimum 64mbs of free memory.