8 Misperceptions About eMoyo’s Kuduwave Portable Audiometer

We explore some of the most prevalent misconceptions about the revolutionary Kuduwave portable audiometer, and provide facts to dispel each of them.

When new products and technologies emerge in established industries, some initial resistance is to be expected. Especially in the med-tech industry, disruptors often face myriad challenges. Also commonplace are misperceptions circulating about these new innovations and advancements. As inventors of the Kuduwave portable audiometer, eMoyo has faced all of the above.

In this article, we outline some of the most prevalent industry misconceptions about our revolutionary, clinically validated audiometric instrument.

Kuduwave portable audiometer
eMoyo’s Kuduwave portable audiometer.

Misperception #1: The Kuduwave Is a Mobile Audiometer

FACT: The Kuduwave is not a mobile audiometer. It is a highly accurate, clinically validated, telemedicine-enabled fully boothless portable audiometer.

According to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), “portable” is a term which refers to transportable equipment that is intended to be moved from one location to another while carried by one or more persons. The term “mobile”, on the other hand, refers to transportable equipment intended to be moved from one location to another while supported by its own wheels or equivalent means.

Going by the ANSI definitions, compact, lightweight Kuduwave audiometers are most definitely portable, while huge, bulky sound booths full of audiometric equipment that are moving around independently on wheels, either by rail or road, would fall under the mobile audiometer category.

Learn more about the differences between portable and mobile audiometers, as well as the calibration requirements for each type.

Misperception #2: The Kuduwave Is Only Suitable for Conducting Hearing Screening Tests

FACT: The Kuduwave Pro and Kuduwave Pro-TMP are diagnostic audiometers. The Kuduwave Pro-TMP also incorporates tympanometry into the audiometric headset, making it a truly unique, one-of-a-kind audiological instrument.

The Kuduwave OH and Kuduwave Prime are clinically validated, telemedicine-enabled screening audiometers, most often used for hearing conservation programmes in occupational health and other workplace environments.

Kuduwave audiometers are ISO 13485 certified, SAHPRA registered, FDA listed, CE-mark certified for medical devices, and are compliant with all IEC, ANSI and SANS standards for audiometry, tympanometry, and calibration.

Kuduwave portable audiometer
The Kuduwave OH and Kuduwave Prime are clinically validated, telemedicine-enabled screening audiometers.

Misperception #3: The Kuduwave’s Test Results Are Less Accurate Than Those of a Traditional Sound Booth

FACT: Trusted by audiologists, clinicians and hearing healthcare specialists across the globe, results from the Kuduwave portable audiometer have been proven time and again to be just as accurate as those obtained from testing using an audiometric sound booth.

Used by NASA astronauts aboard the International Space Station and by the South African government (to name just one) in our country’s National MDR-TB Programme, the Kuduwave portable audiometer is industry accredited and has been the subject of numerous published scientific studies.

This highly accurate, clinically validated audiometric instrument is internationally distributed in over 30 countries.

Read our Q&A with Dr Norbert Ndjeka, Chief Director of TB Control and Management at SA’s National Department of Health.

Misperception #4: Kuduwave Audiograms Are Not Acceptable In Hearing Loss Claims Or Medico-Legal Cases

FACT: Although rumours in the marketplace circulate from time to time, there is no existing or forthcoming legislation that excludes or will exclude Kuduwave audiograms from being accepted in medico-legal cases or in hearing loss claims.

Audiograms obtained using the highly accurate, clinically validated Kuduwave portable audiometer are just as valid and acceptable as those obtained during hearing tests using an audiometric sound booth.

Misperception #5: The Kuduwave Is a Mobile Phone Application and Therefore Does Not Produce Reliable, Clinically Validated or Legally Acceptable Test Results

FACT: The Kuduwave portable audiometer is not a mobile audiometric application (mobile hearing app).

It is a computer-controlled, diagnostic audiometric device, and cannot be controlled or operated by means of a mobile phone application.

It is important to note that mobile audiometric (hearing) apps are usually utilised for screening purposes only, as they lack the ability to attenuate ambient noise sufficiently to allow for threshold searching down to 0 dB HL across the frequency range.

Mobile audiometric apps do not have the diagnostic capabilities that allow for diagnostic audiometry. Therefore, results obtained from using mobile audiometric apps cannot be compared with those from a diagnostic audiometer, such as the Kuduwave.

The Kuduwave is a portable diagnostic audiometer in accordance with ISO 60645-1. As such, the device has been independently evaluated and validated as a reliable and accurate diagnostic audiometer by academic institutions across the globe.

When compared to industry-standard audiometric measurements, the Kuduwave portable audiometer has been reported to yield reliable and accurate air- and bone-conduction measurements within 5 dB of industry-standard traditional audiometry.

This makes the Kuduwave portable audiometer a clinically validated diagnostic audiometer with clinically acceptable test results.

Lastly, the Kuduwave carries an EU CE (Conformitè Europëenne) mark. Medical devices such as the Kuduwave portable audiometer have to undergo clinical evaluation in order to demonstrate clinical equivalence with industry-standard audiometers prior to receiving an EU CE mark.

This makes the test results yielded by the Kuduwave portable audiometer clinically accurate, reliable, and industry accredited.

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Test results yielded by the Kuduwave portable audiometer are clinically accurate, reliable, and industry accredited.

Misperception #6: Kuduwave Audiograms Are Not Acceptable For Hearing Conservation Purposes, Or For Claims Submitted to the Compensation Commissioner

FACT: If an audiometer complies with SANS 10083 requirements, then the audiometer is fit to be used for hearing conservation purposes in the workplace. The Kuduwave does comply.

SANS 10083 (The Measurement and Assessment of Occupational Noise for Hearing Conservation Purposes) covers both the type of audiometric equipment that should be used for hearing conservation purposes and the audiometric measurements (i.e. baseline, periodic screening and exit audiometry) required for hearing conservation in the occupational setting.

The following table details how the Kuduwave portable audiometer complies with the audiometric (required) sections of the SANS 10083 standard.

Misperception #7: The Kuduwave Cannot Yield Accurate Results When Used Outside of a Sound Booth

FACT: With the Kuduwave portable audiometer, ambient noise attenuation similar to that of a standard audiometric sound booth is achieved. This confirms that the Kuduwave portable audiometer can be used outside of a sound-treated booth to achieve accurate audiometric results.

The isolation of the testee or patient from background noise during audiometry is an inherent part of audiometric measurement. Traditionally, this isolation is achieved through the use of an audiometric sound booth.

However, the use of an audiometric sound booth is only necessary and correct if using traditional audiometers with supra-aural and some circum-aural headsets.

The amount of noise the Kuduwave portable audiometer can block out, as well as whether the Kuduwave can perform screening and diagnostic audiometry outside of a sound booth has been clinically evaluated, validated, and published in numerous peer-reviewed journals, confirming the device’s accuracy and efficacy.

Learn more about the Kuduwave’s powerful screening and diagnostic capabilities.

Misperception #8: The Kuduwave Is Not A legal Medical Device Because It Does Not Carry the SABS Stamp Of Approval

FACT: The short answer to this misperception is that the SABS (South African Bureau of Standards) is not tasked with the certification of medical devices. Therefore an SABS stamp of approval is not relevant or required for Kuduwave portable audiometers.

Instead, in South Africa, the organisation tasked with the regulation of medical devices is SAHPRA, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority.

In order to place a medical device in the South African marketplace, manufacturers require a SAHPRA licence, which has been duly awarded to eMoyo as the manufacturer of the Kuduwave portable audiometer.

In order to place a medical device in other markets, such as the EU, UK and USA, either a European Union CE (Conformitè Europëenne) mark, UKCA (UK Conformity Assessed) mark and/or FDA (US Food & Drug Administration) registration is required.

eMoyo is a certified ISO-13485 medical device manufacturer and as such carries the CE mark for all Kuduwave portable audiometers. Additionally, eMoyo is registered with the MHRA (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency) in the UK, as well as with the FDA in the USA.

Furthermore, eMoyo will shortly be applying for the UKCA mark in Great Britain.

Download our brochure for more detailed information about the Kuduwave.

Kuduwave Portable Audiometer: Test Results As Accurate As When Testing With a Sound Booth

In summary, diagnostic hearing tests conducted using the revolutionary Kuduwave portable audiometer yields results that are just as accurate as audiometric tests conducted while using a traditional audiometric sound booth.

We hope this article has helped to clarify some of the most common misperceptions about the Kuduwave portable audiometer.

Need more proof? View several peer-reviewed, published studies confirming the accuracy and efficacy of the Kuduwave portable audiometer here.

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