When you are searching for the right medical audiometers & tympanometers for your practice, there are a few things you need to consider.
Services You Will Be Providing: You need to consider whether or not you will be providing mobile audio services. Many audiometers will need to be used within a sound booth. If you are going to be purchasing this traditional type of equipment, then you can’t offer mobile services. This could mean you will need a larger investment when it comes to space. If you already have a sound booth, consider if you want an audiometer to allow for both scenarios. If you are looking for a audiometer that is good for mobile, then you want one that is light weight and doesn’t require a battery pack so that it is easier to travel with.
Features: The services you are providing will also help you determine which features you want. You may want to consider a full featured audiometer or tympanometer so you can provide more services and expand your practice.
Specifications: Look at the specifications before you buy. You can find this information in the datasheet, and the description will have the technical characteristics of the device. The right devices should have the specifications to allow you to perform your services efficiently. Look at things such as frequency range and intensity range, in order to choose the right one.
Affordability: Once you have figured out which audiometer and tympanometer best suits your needs, then you will need to complete the purchase. However, cost shouldn’t be the thing that stands in your way. There are purchase options available and you may be able to get lease or rental deals. Consider any recurring costs or annual subscriptions that come with the devices. Some manufactures separate the cost of the equipment and the software, so it looks the device is cheaper when really it isn’t.
Warranty: Take note of the warranty and know how long your devices will be supported. There are certain things that won’t be covered under a warranty, such as water damage. You may also want to inquire about the cost to repair or replace any components once the device is out of warranty.
Technical Support: Many people only consider technical support after they make a purchase. However, the availability of support is going to be important for the success of your devices. Before you buy the device, find out what support options are available. Support should consist of multiple platforms and access points. Telephone support is the most common type, but the world is changing and support needs to be able to keep up with your changing needs. There should be online support available. You should also ask about any technical support costs as well. Some manufactures will offer support free of charge, while others charge.