On March 6th I participated in the Senior Forum, an annual event held at Christopher Newport University and sponsored by the Peninsula Agency on Aging. I did as many hearing screenings as I could between 8am and 12pm and had a chance to chat with quite a few people about hearing loss. [Read more…]
How can you tell the difference? To the untrained eye they may look the same. A pretty, young lady wearing a white coat tests your hearing and provides recommendations regarding the sort of technology that might help you hear better. You place your order, and when the hearing aids come in, the same lady connects them to a computer and makes some adjustments you don’t understand. You leave the office with whatever instructions your provider cares to give you and you’re off on your new hearing adventure. [Read more…]
One thing I love about helping people hear better is that everyone is different. I enjoy listening to each unique story when I first meet a new client. A lady I met yesterday is 95 years old and still spry. (Do you have to be old to be spry?) She was using rudimentary technology that did not allow her to meet her hearing goals. She’s been wearing her hearing aids intermittently as a result.
We audiologists often focus on the audiogram or on other test results that are in front of us. Test results are important, but her story was an equally important component in the process of discovering the sort of technology and counseling she needs in order to succeed.
I’ve encountered a few people recently who are wearing poorly fit hearing aids. The people I’m thinking of have a style that’s become very popular in recent years. It’s called open fit. These are behind-the-ear style with a thin tube that directs sound into the ear or a wire that goes to a speaker in the ear. [Read more…]