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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New Pathways to Care: How Patient-Driven Hearing Aids Could Change Audiology….For the Better, Part 1

New forms of counseling and customization – services that complement existing best practice clinical protocols — are needed for audiology to remain a sustainable profession in the era of patient-driven hearing aid fittings Last Friday, October  5, in what was perceived by many to be a surprise move, the FDA approved a Bose self-fitting hearing…

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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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