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GSI vs. Madsen

David & Gwen Coffin djcoffin at LINKNET.NET
Mon Jul 24 07:49:24 EST 1995

I used the virual for a few months last year.  I found that conceptually it 
was a great outfit.  Practically, however, it lacked the ease of use that 
you find on a dedicated audiometer.  The one that I used only had a 
dot-matrix printer which was noisy and slow.  It isn't always easy to spend 
$800 to $1000 extra for a laser printer.  I also consider the fact that it 
is designed for a Mac a negative trait (just personal preference, I prefer 
PCs.)  It did take some getting used to, having to flip through menus to 
change parameters, etc.  If you want computerized reports, I would recommend 
getting a dedicated audiometer (GSI 16, or many others) and connecting it to 
a PC.  There are programs that will compile the information from the 
audiometer and impedance bridge (and other info, too) into a nice report 
format.  (I don't have the program info with me, but I can get it from the 
office if you are interested.)

Let me know if you have any more questions.

djcoffin at linknet.net
David J. Coffin, M.A., CCC-A
Center for Audiology
Alexandria, LA 

djcoffin at linknet.net

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