With smartphone apps that amplify speech (Mimi Hearing Test, 2016), and effective (Ear Machine, 2016) over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs) on the market, consumers may now obtain hearing devices from the comfort of home, completely bypassing the attention of an audiologist.
Topic(s): Consumer, over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aid devices, Patient-Centered Care
The lecture for our AudiologyNOW!® 2017 Indianapolis attendees will take place on Wednesday, April 5, and features Barbara Balik, EdD, MS, RN. Dr. Balik is a nationally recognized expert, speaker, and educator on health-care safety, quality, and adaptive systems design.
Topic(s): Patient-Centered Care, Health Care, AAA Conference
At the end of January, the Academy released two statements regarding the accessibility and affordability of hearing care in the United States. These statements were driven by the considerable attention hearing care services and devices have received over the past 18 months in Washington, DC. Of particular interest is the outcome of a December meeting at the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine (NASEM), where the role of the audiology community in hearing care was readily apparent.
Topic(s): over-the-counter (OTC) hearing aids, audiology, Patient-Centered Care
We now find ourselves in a time and age of self-directed (or consumer-driven) health care within our society. Thanks to “Dr. Google,” MANY consumers are experiencing some success in the ability to self-determine their own health needs independently. Health professionals are considered a necessity only when the self-directed care does not yield the expected results. Audiology is now entering into this service delivery that optometry, dentistry, and other health professions have navigated through within their discipline for quite some time.
Topic(s): audiology, Over-the-Counter (OTC) Hearing Aid Act, Patient-Centered Care
History intakes and patient interviews can be a complex, but enjoyable process. In the first article on this topic, “What Patients Say: Patient-Centered Interview,” audiologists and student clinicians were encouraged to invite and listen to each patient’s story about their feelings and the impact of their hearing loss (Wilson, 2015). We must ask the right questions, actively listen to the responses, and carefully document the comments to understand the patient’s presenting complaints and concerns about hearing difficulties.
Topic(s): Patient-Centered Care, Hearing Aids
Hearing aid technology has improved tremendously in recent years. Available devices are sleek, fast, adjustable, “smart,” and provide excellent benefits to individuals with hearing loss.
Topic(s): Patient-Centered Care, hearing aid, Fitting, Health Care