Neuro-Audio-V Veterinary ABR (BAEP) System

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Objective Assessment of Hearing Function – Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR, BAEP)

 

Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR), also called Brainstem Auditory Evoked Potentials (BAEP) test is the gold standard for evaluating hearing impairment in animals.  It allows quickly and accurately assess hearing, diagnose hearing loss, monitor hearing to prevent hearing loss caused by ototoxicity.  During the test, the electrical response of the auditory system to the auditory stimulus is recorded.  

 

ABR test is minimally invasive and therefore can be used in young animal patients (three weeks and above).  To prevent excessive muscular artifacts during the test, the animal should be slightly sedated.

 

Neuro-Audio-V key features:

  • Objective Auditory Brainstem Response (ABR, BAEP) test.
  • Two-channel or single-channel high-quality ABR recording.
  • Electrode impedance measurement.
  • Click, chirp, tone-burst (0.5, 1, 2, 4 kHz) stimuli – air-conducted and bone-conducted.
  • Signal averaging in two buffers (even and odd) and split averaged traces for repeatability check.
  • Photo-ID of the animal patient.
  • Compact and lightweight.
  • Perfect for daily clinical practice and research.
  • Flexible test parameters and protocols.

Flexible Test Parameters

 

Neuro-Audio-V allows recording ABR using insert earphones (supplied with the system) or headphones (supplied upon request).  Insert earphones are especially helpful when the animal ear is difficult to access.

 

High-Quality ABR Recording

 

Sophisticated performance characteristics (low-noise amplifier) and intelligent software (adaptive notch filter, weighted average, Chirp stimulus, signal-to-noise ratio, advanced algorithms for response detection and other features) help a specialist to obtain excellent-quality ABR recording easily and save valuable time.

 

Chirp stimulus is designed to compensate for the temporal dispersion in the cochlea related to the traveling wave delay along the cochlea, and thus, elicit a generalized response with greater amplitude than click stimulus.

 

Suitable for daily clinical practice and experimental research

 

Exceptionally high-quality low-noise physiological preamplifiers, protected from electromagnetic interferences, combined with high-efficiency digital filters and effective digital signal-processing algorithms, were specifically designed for Neuro-Audio-V based on extensive research and development.  They ensure excellent noise suppression, clear ERG recording, and reliable, reproducible calculation of ABR parameters.

 

This allows not only high-quality diagnostic testing, but also reliable monitoring for any changes in follow-up auditory assessments over prolonged periods of time, particularly for ototoxicity monitoring.

 

Innovative interface, well-organized database, adjustable reference values, excellent-quality recording, and reproducible results allow meeting daily challenges with greater confidence. A variety of pre-defined test templates assure smooth user experience from the very start. Customizable software settings streamline daily routine operations.

 

Neuro-Audio-V System is a portable instrument ideal for the veterinary clinic, clinical networks, and experimental research in animals.

 

Intelligent software

 

The supplied software features an efficient signal-processing algorithm.  It ensures automatic high-quality ABR recording and averaging simultaneously in two buffers, calculation of all ABR wave parameters – ABR wave peak marking, calculating numeric values of peak amplitude and latency, and inter-peak intervals.

 

Intra-operative ABR monitoring

 

Designed to work in the electro-magnetically harsh OR environment, Neuro-Audio-V can be used as a reliable ABR monitor during surgery and post-operative outcome assessment.

 

Reports

 

Test reports can be easily generated on-screen right in the software, stored along with test results, printed out, and shared.

 

Database and data export

 

ABR measurement data and interpretation, as well as exam reports, are saved in a well-organized software database.  The data and reports can be printed out either at the time of the assessment, or at a later time, and shared with a referring doctor or researcher.

ABR parameters can be exported to Excel spreadsheets and other statistical software for further data analysis making it an ideal tool for research projects.

 

Portability – compact and lightweight

 

Compact and lightweight, Neuro-Audio-V is perfect for carry-around applications. It is well organized in the same bag with a notebook and the necessary accessories. The system is simply connected to PC via the USB cable which ensures both system power supply and data transfer.

 

The device is pocket-sized, and can be placed in a Carrying Case – along with a notebook computer – and can be powered from the computer.  Hence, it can be used both in the clinic and on an outpatient visit.

 

Software compatibility

 

Neurosoft Software enables highly efficient operation – saving both capital and operating costs – through a number of compatibility features:

 

Multiple Neurosoft Software:  Neurosoft Software for various Neurosoft instruments can be installed on the same computer – with no conflict between them.  Moreover, all software can share a single database – for greater convenience and work-flow efficiency.

 

Multiple computers:  Although only one computer can be used for diagnostic test data recording, each Neurosoft Software License allows using software on an unlimited number of computers.  Thus, the data can be recorded on one computer, and then, the data can be shared, analyzed, reviewed on other computers – with no additional Software Licenses.

 

Other applications:  Neurosoft Software can operate on a computer with Microsoft Office applications – Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access, Project, as well as Adobe and accounting software.  This is particularly efficient in smaller clinics.

 

Internet:  Computers with Neurosoft Software installed can be connected to the Internet.  In an unlikely and rare event that a Microsoft Operating System update affects a Neurosoft software component, it can be restored by Neurosoft software re-installation, with no loss of data. 

 

Information system integration

 

Most clinics, networks and research institutions are equipped with information systems to store and process their data.  HL7 (Health Level 7) is the most commonly used interface engine for exchange, integration, sharing and retrieval of electronic data.

 

HL7-compatibility allows integrating Neuro-IOM-16-V into the information system of a veterinary clinic, clinical network, or research institution.

 

Disinfection

 

Electronic Unit – soft cloth gently wrung in phenols (Bacillotex® etc.), or 70% alcohol, or 0.5% chlorohexidine.

 

If dangerous virus contamination is suspected – aldehydes (Cidex® etc.), or chlorinates (Diversol BX® etc.).

 

Interface cables and power cords – soft cloth moistened with disinfectant, for example, 1% chloramine solution or 3% hydrogen peroxide solution.

Evoked Potentials (EP) Amplifier Channels

Number of channels

2

Input Voltage range

20 µV – 50 mV

Sampling rate

200 Hz – 80 kHz

Ratio error of voltage measurement in the amplitude range:

· from 20 to 100 µV

· from 100 µV to 50 mV

 

 

within ± 15 %

within ± 5 %

Averaged EP voltage range

0.1 – 400 µV

Ratio error of averaged EP voltage measurement in

the range from 1 to 400 μV at ≥2000 averaged sweeps

± 10 %

Common-mode rejection ratio

≥ 100000 ( 100 dB)

Input equivalent noise level in 2-10000 Hz frequency range, RMS

0.5 µV

Input impedance

90 MΩ

Low-pass filter

10 – 10000 Hz

Amplifier gain

21 - 20832

On/off notch filter 50 or 60 Hz (switchable)

40 dB

Auditory stimuli

Number of auditory channels 2

2

Number of bone vibrator channels

1

Bone vibrator calibration B-71 (mastoid placement)

B-71 (mastoid placement)

Bone vibrator headband static force

5.4 ± 0.5 N

TDH-39 headband static force

4.5 ± 0.5 N

HDA-280 headband static force

5 ± 0.5 N

HDA-280 origin of reference equivalent threshold levels

PTB report 2004

Stimulation level (maximum for click)

for TDH-39:  137 dB SPL

for ER-3C (10 Ω):  146 dB SPL

Stimulation level (maximal for tone burst)

for TDH-39:  144 dB SPL (at frequency 3 kHz)

for ER-3C (10 Ω):  146 dB SPL

Sound pressure level (SPL) accuracy of pure tones via the headphones:

· at tone frequencies from 125 – 4000 Hz

· at tone frequencies from 4 – 8 kHz

 

 

±3.0 dB

 

±5.0 dB

Minimum stimulus level (or pure tone)

-10 dB

Stimulus repetition rate

0.1 – 100 Hz, with relative deviation of ±0.1 %

Tone-burst stimuli:

· frequencies

· stimulus duration

 

20 – 10000 Hz

0.05 – 50 ms

Click stimulus duration

50 – 5000 μs, with relative deviation of ± 2 %

Stimulus types in continuous tone stimulation

pure tone

amplitude modulation (AM)

frequency modulation (FM)

amplitude and frequency modulation (AM/FM) = mixed modulation (MM)

exponential modulation (AM2)

stimulus with 3 carrier frequencies

Carrier frequency in continuous tone stimulation:

· HAD-200, ER-3C earphones

· other earphones

 

 

125 – 16000 Hz, ± 2 %

125 – 8000 Hz, ± 2 %

Modulation frequency in continuous tone stimulation

20 – 200 Hz

Maximum total harmonic distortion (THD):

· for air conduction

· for bone conduction

 

 

2.5%

5.5%

Chirp stimulus (cochlear delay compensation):

· wide-band

· narrow-band (±1/2 octave bandwidth)

 

 

10 – 10000 Hz

500 Hz, 1, 2, 4 kHz

Stimulus polarity

condensation (CON), rarefaction (RAR), alternating (ALT)

Masking noise

white noise in 0.02 – 10000 Hz range

Masking noise intensity (level)

0 – 127 dB SPL

Stimulation side

Right, Left, Bi-lateral

Bone vibrator output level (B-71)

-10 – 80 dB HL at 3 kHz

Bone vibrator amplifier gain

19.5 ± 0.5 dB

General Parameters and Characteristics

Electronic Unit Interface with computer

USB

Supply voltage:

· Electronic Unit

· Desktop PC-based system

· Notebook PC-based system

 

5 V DC (from USB)

 

110 V AC (60 Hz) / internal battery

Supply voltage of bone conduction amplifier unit:

· battery

· power supply unit:

o model

o power outlet voltage

o unit output voltage

 

 

Li-Ion, 3.7 V

 

PSU-9

100-240 V AC, 50/60 Hz

9 V DC

Dimensions:

· Neuro-Audio Electronic Unit

· Bone Conduction Amplifier Unit

 

190 × 140 × 50 mm

235 × 63 × 166 mm

Weight:

· Neuro-Audio Electronic Unit

· Bone Conduction Amplifier Unit

 

≤ 0.9 kg

≤ 0.2 kg

Ingress protection (IEC 60529:2013)

IP20

Warm-up time

2 minutes

Safety and electromagnetic compatibility

Safety standard

IEC 60601-1:2012

Working with PC

Class I

Working with notebook (built-in rechargeable battery)

Internal power supply

Applied parts

BF type

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) standard

IEC 60601-1-2:2014

Conformance to technical standards

Reference zero for calibration of audiometric equipment

ISO 389-1:1998

ISO 389-2:1994

ISO 389-3:2016

ISO 389-5:2006

ISO 389-6:2007

ISO 389-7:2005

ISO 389-8:2004

Stimulus types

IEC 60645-1:2012

IEC 60645-3:2007

Pure tone audiometry (PТA)

IEC 60645-1:2012 (Type 4)

Auditory brain response (ABR)

IEC 60645-7:2009 (Type 1)

Transportation Conditions

Temperature

from -50 to +50 °C

Relative humidity

20 – 95 % (non-condensing)

Atmospheric pressure

from 70 kPa

Storage Conditions

Temperature

from +5 to +40 °C

Relative humidity

30 85 % (non-condensing)

Atmospheric pressure

70 106 kPa

Operation Conditions

Temperature

from +10 to +35°C

Humidity

30 85 % (non-condensing)

Atmospheric pressure

70 106 kPa

 

Electrical Safety and Electromagnetic Compatibility

 

Electromagnetic compatibility (EMC) is ensured by compliance with IEC 60601-1-2:2014 requirements.

 

The system is intended for operation in the electromagnetic environment conditions which are specified in Annex 1 “Electromagnetic Emission and Immunity”.

 

Do not use the system when other equipment is under or above it or when the system in close proximity to other equipment.  However, if it is required, the correct operation of the system should be verified.

 

Portable and mobile RF communication equipment can affect the system work.  Do not use these devices less than 30 cm from any part of the system (including the cables) to avoid incorrect operation.

 

The use of the equipment not listed in Table 2 and Table 3 of the Technical Manual may result in increase of emission and reduce of immunity of the system.

 

For safety, the system complies with IEC 60601-1:2012 requirements.  The electronic units are supplied by regulated power supply through USB interface, have double isolation and BF type applied parts according to IEC 60601-1:2012.

Neuro-Audio Electronic Unit

1 pc.

Etymotic Research ER-3C 10 Ohm Audiometric Insert Earphones with Hook-and-Loop Neck Strap and 7-foot Cable Dual-Mono Plugs 6.33 mm (1/4”) (not shown on picture)

1 pair

Starter Set of Disposable Foam Ear Tips – 13 mm (20 pcs.), 10 mm (20 pcs.), 18 mm (2 pcs).

1 pc.

Y-Adapter for ER-3C Earphones

1 pc.

Disposable Subdermal Single Needle Electrode with Cable

5 pcs.

H-1S Assembled Holder

1 pc.

Holder for Penlights and Mini-Ganzfeld Stimulator

1 pc.

USB Cable, A-B Type, 1.8 m

1 pc.

User Manual for Neuro-Audio.NET Software

1 pc.

Carrying Computer Case

1 pc.

License for the use of Neuro-MEP.NET Software with additional Neuro-MEP.NET/ERG Software Module

1 pc.

 

NOTE:  Computer (PC) is not included in Standard Set, but can be supplied as per Customer requirements.

 

Minimum requirements to PC:

 

· For the software based on Microsoft .NET platform dual core processor with ≥ 2.6 GHz clock rate and random-access memory (RAM) of ≥ 2 GB is required (4 GB is recommended).  For other software, the clock rate is desired to be ≥ 1200 MHz and RAM ≥ 512 MB.

 

· Either Windows 8 or Windows 10 operating system is required.  Both 32-bit and 64-bit editions are supported.

 

· A ground wire must be available as the third wire of the power outlet.  It is not allowed to connect the computers using adaptors that insulate the third wire.

 

Customized accessory sets

 

Accessory set, such as electrodes types and quantities, can be customized to specific needs of a clinic or research lab.

 

Contact us to discuss your accessory needs.

Electronic Unit limited warranty term – 2 years.

 

During the warranty term, repair is free, and if repair is impossible, Electronic Unit is replaced.  Warranty does not cover mechanical damage and unauthorized opening of Electronic Unit, and defects caused by misuse, and any product that has been altered or modified in any way.

 

Warranty repair is professionally performed at the Neurosoft Service Center in Ivanovo, RF.  Transportation costs to the Service Center are covered by the Customer, return transportation is covered by Neurosoft.

 

Customer pays return shipping charges.  We are responsible for the return shipping charges of replaced / repaired products.  Products found to be non-defective will be returned at customer's expense.

 

Extended warranty is available. Contact us for details.

 

Accessories (cables, bands, etc.) – 30 days.

 

Single-use items (electrodes, gels, pastes, etc.) are not covered.

 

Software updates are free of charge.  Please fill out the online Form to receive a download link to the version you are requesting.

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