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Configuring the Tremetrics RA500 Audiometer To Determine STS

  Overview

Setting up the Tremetrics RA500 Audiometer to determine whether an employee has an STS is a two-part process. 

First, the audiometer must be set up to store the birth date and the sex of the employee so that the proper presbycusis adjustments are applied in the analysis.

Second, the baseline audiogram must be entered with both the test values and the baseline test data along with the patients name, birth date and sex- .

 Once the audiometer is properly configured, the test results will print:

 

The current audiogram

The baseline audiogram

The average (AVG) of 2,3,4kHz for the Left Ear and the Right Ear

A listing of Threshold Shifts for each frequency

The Raw STS Results for the Left ear and the Right Ear

The Presbycusis Adjusted STS Results for the Left Ear and the Right Ear

 

Part 1. Setting Up the Name, Birth Date and Sex Questions

  • 1. Turn the power to RA500 audiometer on.

  • 2. Press any key on the audiometer to continue

  • 3. Press the dark grey SET UP key (it is on the left side of the keyboard)

  • 4. Press the white “0” key and then the white “4” key (they are on the right side of the keyboard.)  Then hit the white “ENTER” key.  This allows you to Select/Delete Questions.

  • 5. Question #1 asks if you want to store a patient’s last name.  Press the white F1 key if you want to store the name.  If you do not want to store the last name, press the white F2 key.

  • 6. Press the white “ENTER” key

  • 7. Question #2 asks if you want to store a patient’s first name. .  Press the white F1 key if you want to store the name.  If you do not want to store the firstt name, press the white F2 key.

  • 8. Press the white “ENTER” key

  • 9. Question #3 asks if you want to store a patient’s birth date.  Press the white F1 key. This selection enables the audiometer to use presbycusis corrections by determining a patients age at the time of each hearing test.

  • 10. Press the white “ENTER” key

  • 11. Question #4 asks if you want to store a patient’s sex; male or female.   Press the white F1 key. This selection enables the audiometer to use presbycusis corrections by determining a patients sex; male or female.

  • 12. Press the white “ENTER” key

  • 13. Press the white “F3” key.  This will return you to the SET UP menu.

  • 14. Press the white “ENTER” key

The audiometer is now set up to ask for a patient’s name (if you enabled those two questions), the patient’s birth date and the patient’s sex every time a new patient baseline is entered. 

Part 2. Entering the baseline data and starting a test

  • 1. Hit the blue NEW TEST Test key.

  • 2. Hit the bule YES key

  • 3. Hit the white “0” key.  This is the selection for Not Baseline.  We are setting up the test procedure so that we prepare the audiometer for doing the current test, which is Not a baseline.  Before we actually start the test, we will ENTER the baseline data.

  • 4. Press the white “ENTER” key

  • 5. Using the white keys, ENTER the Patient’s ID number: We suggest SSN.

  • 6. After Entering the ID number, press the white “ENTER” key.

  • 7. Press the grey DATA ENTRY key.

  • 8. Press the YES key.

  • 9. Using the white numeric keys and starting with the left ear at 500 Hz. Enter the baseline thresholds using two digits per entry.  If you make a mistake, use the CLEAR key to backspace.

  • 10. After entering the two digits, press the white ENTER key. The cursor will now move to 1K for the left ear.

  • 11.  Enter the baseline threshold for 1K in the left ear using the white numeric keys.  After entering the two digits, press the white ENTER key. The cursor will now move to 2K for the left ear.

  •  12. Repeat the entry sequence for each of the thresholds for the left ear. After entering the data for 8K in the right ear the audiometer will prompt you for the baseline test date.

  • 13. Enter the baseline test date using the white numeric keys. The audiometer will add the / automatically to format the date.  Use two digits for the month day and year.

  • 14. After the last two digits are entered (the year digits) the audiometer will ask if the information is correct.

  • 15. Press the blue YES key.

  • 16. If you enabled the Patient’s last name question, the audiometer will ask you to enter the patient’s last name.  Enter the name and press the enter key to continue.

  • 17. If you enabled the Patient’s first name question, the audiometer will ask you to enter the patient’s first name.  Enter the name and press the enter key to continue.

  • 18. Enter the patient’s date of birth and press the enter key to continue.

  • 19. Enter the patient’s sex M/F.  Press the M key for male or the F key for female. Press the Enter key.

  • If you enabled the Patient’s name questions, the audiometer will ask you to enter the patient’s last name.  Enter the name and press the enter key to continue.

At this point you are ready to perform the annual (current) test by pressing the blue RUN TEST button.  At the end of the test a strip will print  with an STS interpretation.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  

 

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Last modified: October 28, 2015