Time for Some Screening! May 29 2015
It’s that time of year when schools begin screening current and new students for vision and hearing. It’s also that time of year for schools to use up that access budget for new equipment. This gives educational health offices the perfect opportunity to invest in a Welch Allyn VS100 Vision Screener or an OAE Hearing Screener. Either of these units will make yearly screenings quick and easy, perfect for kids!
This unit was recently demoed for MonsterMed at our semi-annual vendor conference. Our reps were given eye exams right at the Welch Allyn booth. (In fact, I have some issues with my eyes that I didn’t even know existed and could be the cause of my migraines-my official doctor’s appointment is next week). The VS100 Vision Screener has been far more popular then expected and the customer’s feedback once they use the system is even more proof. When we say that this unit is easy-to-use, we should actually be saying ridiculously easy-to-use. The operator points the VS100 at the patients face, clicks a button and seconds later they have a read out, notifying the tester of any issues.
The new OAE Hearing Screener from Welch Allyn truly is the next generation of ear care. It can objectively screen for hearing loss in children from newborn to school-age in about 10 seconds. This fast and accurate testing is a must have for any school with a large population. Adding to the speed of the device, the 4-button operation makes the OAE Hearing Screener even easier to use then before. The last important feature that we are going to highlight is the 15 hours of run time on a single charge. Simply charge the unit overnight and run it for the entirety of the following workday!
One or two nurses usually test the entire school within the span of 2-4 weeks. That’s a lot of work on top of their normal tasks. Why not make it easier for your staff and use that excess budget for a Welch Allyn VS100 Vision Screener and a Welch Allyn OAE Hearing Screener from MonsterMed?
The Importance of Vision and Hearing Screening September 12 2014
Many problems with vision and hearing start early in life. It is believed that mandatory vision and hearing screenings are important parts of a child’s pediatric health regimen. A majority of states have adopted the policy of requiring some form of vision/hearing screening in public schools yearly. The American Academy of Pediatrics maintains that “Vision screening should be performed at an early age and at regular intervals with age-appropriate, valid methods, ideally within the medical home. The goal remains to identify and treat preventable visual impairment at the earliest feasible age”. They also state “Every child with 1 or more risk factors on the hearing risk assessment should have ongoing developmentally appropriate hearing screening and at least 1 diagnostic audiology assessment by 24 to 30 months of age”.In the past, hearing and vision screenings were tests usually performed by highly trained specialists, with a particular experience in optometry and audiology. While there is still no substitute for a highly trained specialist, advances in technology have certainly made it easier for Family Practitioners and Pediatricians to operate and
administer tests with vision and hearing screening units. These systems, like the Welch Allyn OAE Hearing Screener feature simple operation and fast reading times. The minimal amount of training required to operate the system allows hearing screenings to become routine parts of pediatric checkups. Similarly to the OAE Hearing Screener, the Welch Allyn VS100 Spot Vision Screener features simple operation, fast read times, and partially automated screenings. Like the hearing test, this test is able to be performed with minimal training.