Fitting tips

  • A Brief History of Adaptation Management

    15. April 2021

    Nearly all hearing aids in the market these days use some sort of adaptation approach, especially with first time users. But what many professionals do not realize is that Oticon was the company who pioneered this development and the story is one of flexibility.

  • What distinguishes speech from noise?

    22. September 2020

    There is a lot written about the signal processing in hearing aids designed to improve speech understanding in noise.

  • The cognitive system under stress

    10. March 2020

    Find out why not all communication related issues reported by older adults can be attributed to hearing loss alone.

  • Approaching asymmetrical losses

    12. September 2019

    Humans have two ears and there are a variety of binaural advantages that arise from this configuration.

  • Embracing new technology...Sensibly

    30. May 2019

    One of the on-going challenges that all hearing care professionals face is to decide when to bring a new technology into clinical practice. 

  • Hearing loss and human connection

    2. April 2019

    A few years back, two different research papers came out in Sweden that, when viewed next to each other, provide a really interesting story about the effect of hearing loss on human interactions.

  • Getting the most out of the COSI

    22. January 2019

    In the mid 1990s, the staff from the National Acoustics Lab (NAL) in Australia developed one of the most effective and well-conceived questionnaires in our field: the COSI (the Client Oriented Scale of Improvement). Up to that point in time, the outcome questionnaires that we were using consisted of perhaps dozens of items that may or may not have been relevant to the individual hearing aid user.

  • What are realistic expectations?

    1. December 2018

    It is quite common to state the importance of establishing realistic expectations for the newly fit patient. And that makes sense, but what are those expectations? Patients are looking for help. Professionals know that amplification can provide significant assistance, but no set of hearing aids is a perfect solution for sensorineural hearing loss.

  • The seven year mythology

    18. June 2018

    How much time elapses between when an adult first notices hearing difficulties and when he/she visits a hearing professional for the first time? The answer to this question is well known amongst hearing care professionals: seven years. But is that the end of the story?

  • When do fittings stick? When do they fail?

    14. March 2018

     The answer to both questions is “sooner than you might think.”

    A few years ago, we took a look at these two questions with first time users. We were interested in understanding what happens during the first month of use for someone new to amplification.

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