How to conduct a hearing screening (simplified)
Simple instructions for running a hearing screening in Waisman 544
For more detailed instructions about how to use the audiometer, see the How to conduct a hearing screening (full) KB guide.
Run the test
- "Next you will complete a hearing screening. Please silence or turn off your cell phone and anything else that might make noise, then move to the other side of the desk and take a seat in the green chair."
- If the audiometer is already on, turn it off. Press and hold both knobs until the screen goes blank.
- Touch the "tone" button on the audiometer to turn it on.
- Give the participant instructions
Go ahead and put the headphones securely over your ears. Red on the right, blue on the left. You will hear tones played through the headphones at different pitches and volumes. Anytime you hear a tone, immediately press the button on the clicker. You do not need to wait until you hear the end of the tone to press the button. Instead, as soon as you hear a tone, immediately press the button on the clicker.
You will first hear sounds in your right ear, then your left ear. I will verbally let you know when the screening is complete - it should take about 5-10 minutes.
Do you have any questions?
- Press the Hz wheel to cycle the menu. You should now see "HW" above F4
- Press F4. The audiometer will now automatically run through the Hughson-Westlake test.
- Once you stop seeing "HW test" printed at the top of the screen and instead see the default screen (30 dbHL, R ear, 1000 Hz), the test is done.
- Press the Hz wheel to cycle the menu and press F3 for "Thres"
- Use F2 and F3 to arrow through the thresholds.
- If all of the thresholds are 25 dbHL or lower, they have "passed" the screening. Continue to step 8.
- If any of the thresholds are 30 dbHL or higher, see Step 4 in the full guide for instructions.
- "You are finished with the hearing screening. Put the headphones and clicker back on the desk and move back to the other side of the desk, in front of the computer. Please wait a minute while I get the next part set up."
Save the data
- Open the Diagnostic Suite program on the computer.
- Click the icons in this order. In the text box, enter the participant ID, the experiment, and today's date
- Double click the desktop icon called "Audiometer Results - local" and check that a new file has been saved. (Or navigate to
- Rename this file to the participant ID number
- Open the file and check that the audiogram was correctly loaded
- Close Diagnostic Suite. When it asks if you want to save, click No
Turn off the audiometer
- Press and hold both knobs until the screen goes blank