Professional introspection is a primary road to growth and surveys of professional practice offer a window to our performance. Development and refinement of clinical protocols and services over the years have enhanced treatment outcomes for millions of individuals with hearing loss. One means of continually improving services is to periodically survey how clinicians practice.
Topic(s): adult hearing rehabilitation, best-practice standards, Certification, pre-treatment self-assessment measures, pure-tones (PTs), speech-recognition testing, speech-in-noise, uncomfortable listening levels (UCL), verification of hearing aid fitting, probe-microphone verification of hearing aid fittings, Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT), Personal Sound Amplification PSAP, audiological rehabilitation services, audiology aides, communication partners, communication training, clear speech training, at-home augmentative training
The case report described here draws attention to a powerful variable, namely offhanded provider remarks, which can negatively influence rehabilitation outcomes, specifically for prelingually deaf adults. This group is known to be highly variable in their audiologic/hearing characteristics (Neuman et al, 2017) such that blanket statements are not likely to apply to a given individual.
Topic(s): Bilateral Hearing Loss, hearing aid, Cochlear Implants (CI), bimodal, audiological rehabilitation services, decision-making, Hearing Aids, speech-language pathology