Five Tips for Assessing the Need for New Hearing AidsBy Rosenthal, Paula, JD; Hearing Exchange,
Publication Date: 2004
Article provides five tips to help assess the need for new hearing aids for the reader or the reader’s child: (1) Find a reputable audiologist; (2) monitor changes in hearing; (3) monitor changes in speech; (4) have new hearing equipment tested; and (5) stay informed. A good audiologist will have information on and distribute many brands of hearing aids and assistive devices. To find an audiologist, the reader is advised to contact the Educational Audiological Association (firstname.lastname@example.org). Changes in speech and hearing may warrant an adjustment of current aids, or the prescription of a new set. People are also encouraged to inquire about new hearing aids on the market once or twice a year, and to have an audiologist conduct an aided hearing evaluation after new hearing aids have been worn for at least a week or more. To stay informed about new products, the reader is encouraged to periodically check the hearing aid manufacturers’ web sites for information on new products.
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