Variphone has been accredited by Hearingcoach to be a partner. Hearingcoach combines advanced measurement methods and test techniques with regular data stored within an integral risk management system.
Assets of HearingCoach
Our 'Healthy Hearing Program' basic principles differ fundamentally from the
traditional approach. Here are the most relevant aspects:
•focus falls on ‘the person’ and not on ‘the group’
•all risks, both ‘on the job’ and ‘off the job’, are mapped out
•noise standards create the framework within which we work, but are not an end as such
•target is to reduce noise to just below the ‘healthy’ safe threshold.
•regular checking that hearing protectors work properly while they are worn
•early detection of hearing damage using Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE)
•evaluation of effect and positive behaviour modification (coaching) using the OHC scan as a starting point
A single missing link in a prevention chain is enough to sink the entire policy. We list the most important missing links in a traditional hearing care policy below, together with our solution to each one:
1st missing link: the HearingCoach professional
Everyone agrees that the noise problem needs to be addressed from various angles. This assumes continuous deliberation between experts from various disciplines who constantly have to align their policy. Experience has taught that this is not feasible in practise, which results in a lack of coherency and, consequently, results.
The cutting edge to our approach is the insight to combine the required knowhow and expertise from various disciplines and vest them in a single professional - the HearingCoach.
Qualified HearingCoaches are audiologists specialized in organising, executing and evaluating hearing conservation programmes. Their knowledge and expertise contributes to the quality and simplification of the prevention cycle. They also see to it that a perfect match is created between preventive and curative care. HearingCoach professionals form the backbone of the success of the 4-Leaf Clover hearing care policy.
2nd missing link: appropriate software for a multi-disciplinary hearing care policy
The 4-Leaf Clover HCP software gives the status of each person with regard to Sound, Hearing Protection, Hearing and Behaviour. It provides a bird’s eye view of whether the person in question has followed the prevention cycle in full or only
?in part. The findings and measured results are also stored systematically. This enables the systematic compilation of a ‘track record’ and the efficacy of the measures taken is clearly charted. A number of specific applications (OHC scan, HC Risk Profile and HC-MIRE) are also integrated in the software, which is the cherry on top for user friendliness and simplicity to use.
3rd missing link: early detection of hearing damage using Otoacoustic Emissions (OAEs)
A condition for employing a preventive policy is having a technique that permits the early detection of hearing damage. This is not possible with the audiogram (the traditional beep tone test done with a headset). The damage is most often only noticed once it is too late.
A technique that is suitable is Otoacoustic Emissions (OAE). This test measures the performance of the outer hair cells, which allows for very early detection of any hearing damage - even before the person undergoing the test is aware of it or has experienced any bother, and long before there is any indication of deterioration on an audiogram.
The OHC scan application, developed in cooperation with Ghent University, makes the OAE technique extremely accessible and offers professionals the opportunity to demonstrate the extent and/or development of hearing damage (sense of urgency) to the person in question in an understandable and clear way. This tool is then also extremely useful in terms of ‘positive behaviour modification’ and as ‘effect evaluation system’ for the hearing care programme in place and the sense of responsibility displayed by the person who is exposed to the risk.
You can find more information at www.hearingcoach.com