The fine art of demonstrating the efficacy of a noise-reduction program

In my two previous blog posts, I discussed various ways of clearly showing patients the benefits of hearing aids. I explained how to conduct demonstrations using test words and pulsed warbled test tones. Today I want to talk about demonstrating a hearing aid’s ability to handle “background noise.” But be warned, this topic is fraught…

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Two ways to show patients their hearing aids are helping

(The first of three parts) If you are an Audiologist, it is easy to delude yourself into thinking that people will listen to you and accept what you are saying. You spent a lot of time and energy going to graduate school, and you have a license to practice Audiology. So, because you are a…

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Why I Love Live-Voice Tests

Many of us make a living doing hearing tests and fitting hearing aids. Unfortunately, the diagnostic tests we use were developed to provide a medical evaluation of hearing. They were not designed with rehabilitation in mind. Conventional hearing tests provide a lot of useful information, but they do not give us a sufficient perspective on…

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In fitting hearing aids, be very careful when you amplify the low frequencies

If you are new to audiology, be careful when you read this article. Today I want to tackle an advanced concept, so you need to have considerable experience and well-developed intuition when you attempt to employ these ideas. Listed below are hearing thresholds for six patients. For the sake of simplicity I’m showing you their…

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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 Help Your Patients Hear Even When the Noise Level is High

When I’m talking with my patients, I like to compare eyeglasses and hearing aids. They are familiar with bifocals and understand how they work for different viewing situations: the upper lens is for distance, the lower lens for close-up work. Similarly, hearing aids have multiple programs that are adjusted for specific listening situations. The first…

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