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
Cochlear implants are auditory sensory devices designed to provide auditory perception for individuals with significant hearing loss. A majority of individuals who use a cochlear implant have the ability to understand speech in quiet and complex listening environments, and children who were born with hearing loss are now able to develop excellent auditory and spoken language skills with the device.
Topic(s): Practice Management, Patient care, Cochlear Implants (CI), Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT)
Hearing aid processing no longer operates under the assumption that the real-world listening environments are represented by simple laboratory test conditions, such as the talker of interest is in front with noise behind, or even that there is only a single talker of interest. In addition, the driving philosophy has shifted from treating a single complaint (e.g., understanding in noise) to holistically treating individuals across the full range of their real environments and experiences (e.g., connecting to an auditory world).
Topic(s): Amplification, Research, Hearing, Hearing Assistive Technologies (HAT), Hearing Aids, Hearing Health Care, Patient care, Treatment