Check Probe - Make sure that the probe nozzle is clean and the opening is not clogged. If necessary, wipe with a slightly damp cloth. Do not use liquids or get moisture in the probe. Make sure that the probe nozzle is seated firmly on the probe.
Clip Cord - Clip the probe cord to the back of the child's shirt to take the weight off from the probe and keep it from pulling out of the child's ear.
Select Correct Size Probe Tip Cover - Examine the size of the ear canal opening and select a disposable tip that looks slightly larger. This will help you to achieve a tight seal that ensures that an accurate signal is sent into the ear while helping to block out background/environmental noise.
Place Tip Cover on Probe - Push the probe tip cover all the way down on the probe nozzle so that there is no gap between the base of the probe and the probe tip. When using a foam tip, which is often the best for screening young children, compress it before inserting it into the ear canal.
Open Ear Canal and Insert Probe Firmly - With one hand, grasp the edge of the ear and pull back and down slightly to fully open the ear canal while inserting the probe with the other hand. Use firm pressure while giving the probe a quarter turn. This creates a slight downward twisting motion, helping you to insert the probe far enough into the canal to obtain a tight seal. Remember, the probe and tips are designed so that they will not hurt the child's ears. Release the ear after you insert the probe, letting the canal close snugly around the probe.
Release the Probe - Never attempt to hold the probe while you are administering the screening test. If the probe does not stay firmly in place, you may need to use a larger size tip. Holding the probe in the child's ear may unintentionally push it against the wall of the ear canal, preventing the signal from getting through or it may unintentionally create slight movement which can interfere with testing.
If the probe is placed properly in the ear, it should stay in place by itself while you run the screening test.