A Red Flag in general day to day life can be a negative sign. If you follow Motorsport it normally means you watching the British Grand Prix and it just about to be called off due to rain. If you’re a sportsman then it could mean you’re offside, crossed the line or have a decision challenged (in American Football), so a red flag can be seen as a fairly negative thing.

Another typical British Grand Prix


A few months ago however I came across an article which made me rethink this, the Red Flag Matrix by Brian Taylor, AUD and Jill Bernstein, AUD.

Red Flag Front Cover
The front cover of the Red Flag Matrix article

Put simply, IF you get better information, and apply it, you WILL get better results.

The Red Flag Matrix is designed to help the Hearing Care Professional Obtain, Plot and Utilise information gathered from two individual tests, both of which can be performed in under five minutes each, and both of which will give you information you cannot obtain from a standard pure tone audiogram.

The first test is the QuickSIN test by Etymotic Research which is designed to quickly and simply inform you of your clients ability to understand speech in noise which will in turn help you to decide if your client requires Directional Microphones, Streamers with direct audio input or any of a number of the other accessories available for use with hearing aids.

The Second test is the Acceptable Noise Level test by FRYE, this test is designed to assess your clients ability to accept amplification, this ultimately means the chances that your client will accept, tolerate and use the hearing solution you prescribe for them.

The Red Flag Matrix enables the Hearing Care Professional to effectively plot the results from both of these tests as one reference point within the Matrix. By plotting this point you are addressing one of the issues faced by Audiologists, trying to present the information they obtain to the client in a way that is both clearly understood and retained.

Dozens of studies and articles have been written about the actual amount of information which is forgotten almost as soon as it’s been heard, if we take an average of 70%, there a significant chance that the information about the need for a directional or adaptive mic system along with longer acclimatisation periods etc… may well be in that 70%.

IF, on the other hand you present the information as a single plot on a card, the chances that the information, not to mention the expectation management of the client, will be retained among that valuable 30%.

I strongly encourage you to read the entire article, click here to view the entire article, apply the principle to see for yourself the benefits of having better information. Please feel free to contact me at trainer@pcwerth.co.uk to discuss this post in detail or if you would like further information on either of the tests mentioned.

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