Instead of using either of these devices, I would look at the Virtual
system. Not because it is a particularly better audiometer/impedance
system, but because of the quality of the reports you can generate. One
thing that I think sets my office apart - I was a med school director of
audiology for 10 years and for the last three years have been in
partnership with an otologist/neurotologist - is that I can quickly
generate laser printed reports to referral sources and for insertion into
the chart without the expense of a transcriptionist. The only handwritten
portion of the report is my signature.
You need to set yourself apart in your commuity, especially if you are
starting a new practice. In essence, you have to be a cut above the
competition. You can do this by the quality of your correspondence -
remembering of course that nothing will take the place of high-quality
I think the Virtual system (company located in Oregon) will allow you
to do this with templates for report formats at not much more than you
would spend for a diagnostic audiometer and diagnostic immittance unit.
Howard Gutnick, Ph.D.
Atlantic Coast Ear Specialists
Virginia Beach, VA