Assessing Hearing Aid Candidacy and Managing Hearing Loss (.2 CEUs)
Recorded On: 02/15/2012
Duration: 120 Minutes
Presenter: Therese C. Walden, AuD and David B. Hawkins, PhD
Who Should Attend: Any Audiologist
Program Focus: Skills
Upon completion, each participant in the Web seminar will be able to:
1. Describe several non-traditional audiometric metrics that can be used to assess hearing aid candidacy.
2. Describe supra-threshold and cognitive processing effects on peripheral hearing loss.
3. Describe an effective group adult aural rehabilitation program for the management of adults with hearing loss.
As clinicians, to accurately diagnose and plan treatment for our patients, we need to know more than what the audiogram alone can tell us about our patients. We need to understand the patient's needs and expectations and we need to know the impact of the hearing loss on the patient in everyday listening situations. We also need to know how much functional disability the patient is experiencing before planning treatment. To that end, we need to evaluate the patient with tests that provide the most comprehensive and useful data to effectively diagnose the patient's hearing loss. Management of the patient with hearing loss does not stop once the testing is completed and the hearing aids are prescribed. Since the hearing aid is only part of the management plan, the patient can benefit greatly from a group adult aural rehabilitation experience which enables the patient to better understand their hearing impairment and develop effective coping and communication strategies.
Therese C. Walden, AuD, is a Research Audiologist at the Audiology and Speech Center, Scientific and Clinical Studies Section, Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD. Her interests are in the areas of adult and geriatric diagnostics, amplification, evidence-based practice, treatment efficacy, professional education and professional autonomy. Dr. Walden serves on multiple editorial boards and has been active on professional boards, committees and task forces and is currently serving as President of the American Academy of Audiology.
David B. Hawkins, PhD, is Director of the Mayo Hearing Aid Clinic at Mayo Clinic Florida in Jacksonville, FL. His interests has always centered on hearing aid selection, fitting and adult aural rehabilitation. He currently runs an active adult group aural rehabilitation program at Mayo Clinic.