The different otoscreener models came from test studies and customer
trials. Different users prefer different models for a variety of reasons.
Following are some general suggestions. However, personal preferences will vary.
OtoScreen III - if you already own an
OtoScreen I or OtoScreen II model, this is a good choice for a new unit.
Having models with different user inferfaces
can be confusing in the same office. This unit is also the best choice for
Pediatric screening since screening usually begins with the
OtoScreen IV - if you want to begin a
screening session at the lounder 40dB tone, this model is a good choice.
OtoScreen IV works well for adults
and seniors. Once the unit "toggles" to the 40dB level, it stays there. In
the 40dB mode you can test the patient for any frequency at the louder tone
without sequencing through the softer tone first (like OtoScreen III).
OtoPulse - this model is useful in several
ways. If you are testing a subject with Tinnitus (ringing in the ears) the
pulsing option can help overcome this. The "pulsing" can also be
used for clearer communication with the test subject. For instance, if you
are testing a senior, you can present the "pulsing tone" and ask
what they hear. If they don't respond that they hear pulsing you know they
aren't hearing the tone either. This helps to eliminate "false
- OtoSimple is a one-button,
40dB only device for screening seniors. It is a less expensive than the two intensity level devices described above, but only suitable for screening seniors. It has the same "pulsing" capability as the OtoPulse unit.