Make “Look, listen, evaluate, and solve” your standard operating procedure

Most patients have some problem or a concern about their hearing aids when they return to our office for a follow-up visit. Sometimes, we can quickly remediate their problem by unplugging a sound tube or changing a battery. Other times there is something in the fitting that needs adjusting or we can help the patient…

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Making the Case for Hearing Aids: Hearing Is Believing

In his previous post, published June 11, Dr. Robert Martin explained the importance of giving patients a “black and white demonstration” that clearly proves the benefit of aided hearing over unaided hearing. This week, Bob continues his three-part discussion of how to provide compelling demonstrations.   There are many different types of demonstrations you can…

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Loose or tight hearing aid fittings? How I got it all wrong

One of the great joys of having led a long and busy professional life is the pleasure that comes from growth. We all have much to learn and there is nothing like vast amounts of experience to help us refine the skills we use at work each day. Today’s post, on whether or not to…

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Fitting Hearing Aids for the Bowling Alley: A Triumph for Trial and Error

Manufacturers build a lot of “help” for us into their hearing aid fitting software. This includes many suggestions for helping our patients hear in a wide variety of listening conditions. But sometimes, you can find a better fitting—a really excellent fitting–by doing a little trial-and-error rather than depending on the manufacturer’s suggestions. Many years ago…

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How to Fit Funny-Shaped Ears

The human ear comes in many different shapes and sizes, some of them highly problematic when you’re trying to fit hearing aids on them. Because patients cannot see deep inside their ears, they are unaware if their ears have some peculiarity. As a result, they are not sympathetic with the inherent problem facing the audiologist…

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Make Patients Feel the Joy of Hearing Better

Humans are funny creatures. We have a great capacity for logical thought and reasoning, but much of the time we fall back on our primeval emotions: caution, fear, and anxiety. It is easy for us to “think” about something that is good for us – an exercise or diet plan comes to mind, but it…

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