Vinaya Manchaiah, AuD, MBA, PhD, is the Jo Mayo Endowed Professor and a professor of audiology at the Lamar University Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences in Beaumont, Texas. He has worked in various clinical, teaching, research, and administrative roles. His research focuses on improving the accessibility, affordability, and outcomes of hearing and balance disorders by promoting self-management and the use of digital technologies.
Helping adults manage hearing loss is by far the most fundamental aspect of audiology practice, making this the bread and butter of our profession. Hearing instruments play a crucial role in managing hearing loss in adults (Ftouh et al, 2018; Laplante-Lévesque et al, 2010).