Purchase of the assistant's diagnostic testing module includes limited-time use of AuDStudent.com's audiometer simulator. Using this computer program allows the student to learn the principals of pure-tone air-conduction testing before working with actual patients. For more information on the simulator, see AuDStudent.
By special arrangement with the company, the simulator version does not teach the student masking, only unmasked pure-tone air-conduction testing, as bone-conduction and masking are not within the scope of practice taught in this program.
The intent of this training is to permit the Assistant to test patients who return for hearing retesting as a part of their hearing aid service. Testing for amplification purposes is typically not covered by insurance; therefore, the audiologist may decide it is appropriate to have the assistant conduct this type of routine, non-diagnostic testing. The Assistant is trained to recognize significant changes in hearing so that the audiologist can be alerted to those cases, and so that the Audiologist can make the decision on whether additional testing is needed to manage the patient's care.