Carrie, easyTone was released last year as MAICO´s first tablet audiometer.
What was the intention and background to release an updated version of this product so soon?
That’s easy: customer feedback! When we introduced the easyTone, we knew we had a great product that provided the sweep screen testing method, used by thousands to perform hearing screenings. Our goal was to release easyTone with some amazing features not available with any other MAICO screening audiometer. Then, collect feedback and implement the additional features in a way that are usable to customers. It is one thing to include functionality, but we also need to provide it in a customer friendly way. Collecting end user feedback, after the first roll-out, allowed us to hear what the screeners wanted and successfully implement those needs.
And best of all: The updates are super easy with our online updater. As long as the device is connected to the internet, the end user can choose to update the device. Working through a service technician for updates is a thing of the past.
“A variety of screening methods.”
What are the key features and improvements in the new version of the easyTone tablet audiometer? How do these enhancements address the needs and feedback from users of the previous version?
The primary feature of this software update is to allow more control over the hearing level during the screening process. Although a sweep screen, which is the test method that keeps the level the same and quickly moves to the next frequency, is a very common screening method, some screening programs continue to obtain a threshold result. With this update, that is exactly what can happen. The transition process is quick and easy, the report can combine both test results and an overall pass or refer can be documented. But transitioning from a sweep screen test isn’t the only way to use the feature. The easyTone can now test like any standard air conduction audiometer on the market, including our very own MA 25 or MA 27 audiometers. It really comes down to offering different test methods based on user needs. These enhancements make the easyTone versatile and accommodate a variety of screening methods and workflows. But also, the key features of the easyTone, set it apart from any other air conduction audiometer.
To which specific professions are the new features addressed?
Anyone that needs more control over a hearing screening level or where air conduction threshold audiometry is being performed. Now we have a product to allow the end user to quickly and efficiently screen in their preferred way. This can include a variety of settings, such as, childhood hearing screening programs (i.e. school or pediatrician locations), but also, geriatric or work related screening sites.
“Prioritizing user ease.”
If you think about your competitors in the market: What differentiates the new screening audiometer from similar products?
The easyTone audiometer sets itself apart from competitors by prioritizing user ease. Its intuitive design ensures a user-friendly experience, streamlining the screening process. This device integrates seamlessly with end user workflows, from setup to data collection, supporting them throughout. Notably, it simplifies report creation and transfer, saving valuable time and enabling professionals to focus on essential testing aspects. In essence, this audiometer enhances efficiency and accuracy, making it a standout choice for effective hearing screenings.
“More will be coming.”
Do you already have plans for further developments of this product? Will there be new versions and enhancements coming?
Absolutely! In just a few weeks we will release an update to include multiple view modes for the report. Now the screener can select a table or an audiogram for reports printouts. Although a table view is common for screenings, this was another request from end users. Rather than restrict the end user to one reporting option, we listened and will provide this update in the next release.
We have had many discussions on what else this product can or should do. We continually discuss ideas for future functionality, and yes, more will be coming. I honestly can’t wait to continue developing this audiometer. There is so much potential and we are having so much fun exploring new ideas.