Facilitate a New Conversation

Many hearing professionals are uncomfortable about taking their counseling into the realm of anything approaching “therapy” or interpersonal counseling.  They feel ill-equipped to delve into these more intimate areas.  While I agree that “psychological” counseling is certainly beyond our scope of practice, “communication” counseling is clearly not.  In fact, when it comes to this kind…

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At CES 2019 Hearing Aids and Consumer Electronics Continue to Morph: Some Considerations for the Profession

by Brian Taylor, AuD Nothing reflects the convergence of hearing aids and consumer audio devices like the flurry of new AI-driven features introduced at the recent Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. At the annual Las Vegas event, said to be attended by nearly 200,000 persons, many of the mainstay hearing aid manufacturers showcased products…

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Newly Published Studies Could be a Watershed Moment Toward Third Party Funding of Hearing Devices

by Brian Taylor, AuD, and Kelly Tremblay, PhD Two studies, published by JAMA Otolaryngology on November 8th are compulsory reads for hearing care professionals concerned about accessibility and affordability of hearing-related services. Both studies, which relied on insurance claims data from the OptumLabs Data Warehouse, a division of the for-profit UnitedHealth Group, add to the…

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New Pathways to Care: How Self-Directed Care Could Change Audiology….For the Better Part 2

Two broad categories of patients – help seekers with hearing devices and help seekers without hearing devices – will benefit from new forms of counseling and customization in a market landscape where persons with hearing loss can self-direct their care. Part 1 examined self-fitting hearing aids and the role audiologists could play in their selection…

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