Customizing Audibility Using Selective Amplification Principles – Who Does the Selecting Matters

By Brian Taylor, AuD, Editor-at-Large A few months ago, in the most recent edition of Signal and Noise, I outlined the value of customizing ear coupling by following the advice of Margaret (Margo) Skinner. The basic message was the clinician’s ability to customize earmold plumbing is likely to result in higher levels of patient benefit.…

Read More
assistive listening devices hearing loss

Readers’ Choice 2021: Don’t Forget Assistive Listening Devices – They’re Not What They Used to Be

Dear Readers: During this holiday season, the editors at Hearing Health & Technology Matters (HHTM) are taking some time off. However, we are not leaving you without anything to read on our blog this week. Instead, we are publishing a special holiday edition filled with what we call our Readers’ Choices. Our Readers’ Choices featured…

Read More

Customized RIC Coupling: Don’t Roll the Dice, Follow the Sage Guidance of Margo Skinner

By Brian Taylor, AuD, Editor-at-Large In Chapter 9 of the Studebacher and Hochberg textbook Acoustical Factors Affecting Hearing Aid Performance (second edition), esteemed professor, Margo Skinner1, wrote, “Before any hearing aid evaluation, it is essential to optimize the coupling of a hearing aid to the ear.”  Published in 1993 during the seminal days of prescriptive…

Read More
telehealth audiology hearing care

Doing TeleHealth? ProJECT!!

I recently had a remote appointment with one of my specialist MDs.  Since I am involved in training for our Remote Care initiative, I paid close attention.  I really like this doctor.  He has always impressed me in-person with his compassion, personableness, expertise and care.  Online, not so much.  His hair was a little mussed,…

Read More

To Boost Outcomes for Hearing Aid Wearers, the Profession Should Commit to Telehealth Services

By Brian Taylor, AuD, Editor-at-Large It should concern every hearing care professional (HCP) that anywhere from 5 percent to one-quarter of patients never use their hearing aids. Or that by some accounts, an astounding 98 percent of hearing aid owners say they had at least one problem with their hearing aids in the first year.…

Read More
hearing aid evaluation needs assessment

Needs Assessment: The Most Important Component of the Hearing Aid Evaluation

Some blanket statements: Nobody ever obtained hearing aids because of the hearing test. The most important component of the hearing aid evaluation is the needs assessment.  Absolutes can be tricky. There is always an exception to an absolute. (There’s another absolute right there.)  Hyperbole!!  “A rhetorical formulation of exaggerated statements or claims not meant to…

Read More