Helping People Recapture Conversations: Lessons from Berth Danermark

by Brian Taylor “Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD.   About a year ago, I had the privilege of co-authoring a book with Vinaya Manchaiah of Lamar University. We never expected the book, titled The Role of Communication Partners in the Audiological Rehabilitation, to be a big seller (I can…

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Words Matter: Does Vapid Chatter About Hearing Aids Cause Patient Harm?

by Brian Taylor “Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD.   Last fall, JAMA published a thought-provoking commentary on the unnecessary harm caused by the words used by physicians.  Known as iatrogenesis, the inadvertent occurrence of a disease or illness caused by a physician or by medical treatment or diagnostic procedure…

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The Importance of a Therapeutic Relationship: Beyond Helping a Patient Master Use of their Device, Part 2

by Brian Taylor “Signal & Noise” is a bimonthly column by Brian Taylor, AuD   The Importance of a Therapeutic Relationship   Hearing aid owners who participated in the study noted the importance of an effective working relationship between the clinician and the hearing aid user. Traits of a good therapeutic relationship with their clinician,…

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