What is a test formula/macro and which one should I use?

A test formula (or macro) refers to the pre-saved test routines which the KUDUwave provides for you to use as a parameter for audiometry tests. There are a variety to choose from and you can create your own as well.

If you have worked with a KUDUwave before, you will recognize this screen:

TEST PROTOCOLS

But what do these options really mean? And which one do you choose?

First identify which of the five main options listed below are best suited for your test. Each option tests specific frequencies which are relevant for the specific regulation it upholds. Remember, these are the frequencies which will be tested during the automatic test sequence. If there are frequencies missing which you would like to test, you have the option to do it manually, or you can create your own test formula.

1. Auto Air and Bone

  • Simulates a Type 1 Research Audiometer *
AUTO AIR & BONE PROTOCOL

2. OSHA

  • Simulates a Type 4 Screening Audiometer * that can test to 70 dB HL
OSHA PROTOCOL

3. Ototoxicity

  • Simulates a Type 1 Research Audiometer *
OTOTOXICITY PROTOCOL

If ototoxicity monitoring is your business, this is the protocol to use. The KUDUwave supplies a further three options:

  1. Auto Baseline
  2. Auto Exit
  3. Auto Screening

Select the option which is relevant to your patient. Is it their first visit? Perform a baseline test. If it is their second, third or forth visit, continue screening their hearing until they are ready to exit the programme.

4. SANS 10083

  • Simulates a Type 3 Diagnostic Audiometer *
SANS 10083 PROTOCOL-902064-edited

We recommend this protocol for businesses in the occupational health field. The KUDUwave supplies a further four options from which you can choose:

  1. Baseline [min 0 dB HL]
  2. Baseline [min 10 dB HL]
  3. Exit [min 10 dB HL]
  4. Screening [min 15 dB HL]

Select the option which is relevant to your client.

5. WHO School Screening

  • Simulates a Type 4 Screening Audiometer * that can test to 70 dB HL
WHO SCHOOL SCREENING PROTOCOL

This protocol is designed to test children, quickly and efficiently. The minimum intensity tested is 25 dB HL. If a further in-depth screening is required, it is suggested another protocol is used where a diagnostic audiometer* is simulated or another test protocol is made to test at lower intensities.

* (IEC 60645-1 classification)

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