auditory fitness

Hearing Fitness-for-Work Protocols

by Mike Metz Compensation for hearing-impaired workers has been sort of on the back burner for many years.  Audiologists are occasionally called upon to measure and compute the hearing disability associated with hearing injuries resulting from workplace noise exposure.  A potentially larger issue of workplace hearing loss involves “fitness for duty” decisions.   Audiologists are…

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Why Advocates Like Me Welcome the New Hearing Aid Ruling

by Katherine Bouton   People with hearing loss got a bit of a break last week when the US Food and Drug Administration announced that it is considering creating a new category of over-the-counter hearing aids. The aim, it said, would be to encourage “new, innovative, lower-cost products to millions of consumers.” Thirty million Americans…

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Does Medicine Need Audiology? Part 1

By Mike Metz A friend recently asked me for an audiology referral because he had a unilateral hearing problem along with some other rather vague symptoms.  I sent him on but then began thinking of the differences in audiology now versus audiology in years past. Many audiologists work in a medical office setting, overseen by…

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Locked Hearing Aid Software — Additional Comments

by Mike Metz A short time ago, I wrote a post regarding lack of access to the software of some hearing aids.  My comments arose from conversations with other dispensing audiologists.  They saw patients that were having problems with hearing aids purchased from large distributors — Big Box stores primarily.  Evidently, patients believed that they were…

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