How to Properly Maintain Your Audiology Equipment to Keep It Calibrated

September 22, 2020

Audiology equipment is highly sensitive, which means it’s important to keep it well maintained and accurate for as long as possible.

According to OSHA, your audiology equipment needs to be calibrated at least once per year, and more often if you notice discrepancies in the readouts. Here are our best tips for maintaining your audiology equipment so you won’t need to recalibrate more often:

  • Keep it clean: Clean the earphone cushions and patient handsets between each appointment—but be careful to avoid getting moisture in the speaker. This will damage the transducer. Carefully wipe the cushions and handsets down, then allow to dry completely before replacing.
  • Handle with care: It should go without saying, but never drop your audiometer if you can avoid it. They’re delicate, sensitive pieces of equipment that require proper handling to stay calibrated.
  • Organize your cords neatly: Cords can easily become tangled messes, so use cord organizers or twist ties to keep them in good working order.
  • Test daily: It may seem excessive, but daily tests will help ensure that static and intermittent operation is not a problem. Do this before the patients start showing up.
  • Listen for headset static: If you do hear static, it might be because the control or audiometer jacks are oxidized. Check all of the jacks and clean with rubbing alcohol or contact cleaner. Allow to dry completely before reconnecting.
  • Watch for discolored or cracked tubing: If you notice debris, cracks or discoloration in your phone or probe tubing, replace it—and make sure you always use silicone tubing, unless the manufacturer suggests otherwise.
  • Never switch headsets from one meter to another: If you switch headsets, you’ll need to recalibrate the whole audiology meter.
  • Watch for intermittent operation: Finally, if you notice intermittent operation in your headset or the meter itself, you can troubleshoot. First, set the audiometer to 1,000 Hz at 70db tone on. Listen to the tone through the headset while moving the cords. If there’s static, check the screws to ensure they’re properly tightened, then check to see if the phone cables are defective. Replace as necessary.

Following these simple procedures will ensure that your Email receivedmeter stays calibrated for as long as possible, absent any other conditions that may affect its accuracy. When it comes time for an annual calibration appointment, your local reliable calibration company in South Texas will follow all applicable industry, local, state or federal guidelines to make sure you get highly accurate results. This includes checking the tolerances, sound pressure output and linearity.

Texas Measurement & Calibration Solutions, LLC is South Texas’s source audiometer calibration. Let us help you ensure highly accurate results, no matter what kind of measuring equipment you use in your practice. Call us today to schedule a calibration appointment or to learn more about our services.

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