About Handtronix, Inc.
Handtronix Mission Statement:
Handtronix is dedicated to providing better hearing health throughout the world by:
. . . is a relatively new, and small, company formed to research the feasibility of designing smaller, handheld implements than may be available currently. The current focus is the medical profession.
Dr. Lynn S. Alvord, PhD, an audiologist in private practice saw a need for an accurate, portable means of assessing hearing loss at a physicians office, in the school, at clinics, at job sites, etc. He observed that a hearing assessment was often not completed during office visits. Physicians lacked the proper equipment, or a dedicated room in which to house the equipment to provide this service for their patients. Traditional equipment is bulky and generally needs to have an area dedicated for its use. He realized that with the many technological changes in the electronics field, there must be a way to miniaturize the equipment without sacrificing accuracy and providing the portability needed in a physicians office.
After consultation with an Electrical Engineer, basic design of the concept was completed in 1988.
Now the hard part. What do you do with an idea? Handtronix was formed. The design was refined in conjunction with the Utah Innovation Center, but it wasn't quite market ready. Lab testing as well as field testing was conducted. The findings showed that a hearing screener could be miniaturized without sacrificing accuracy.
Campbell Scientific, in Logan, Utah, became the final step in making the Oto Screen I market ready. The electrical design was further refined. The market-available housing was replaced by an ergonomically designed custom casing.
Marketing was undertaken through directed mailings, tradeshow booths, and direct contacts. Word of mouth is also helping to spread the word. As the Oto Screen I is utilized in a variety of different environments, the ways to use it are increasing. We are always interested in the stories from others about their successes in using the Oto Screen I in new ways.