Today’s hearing aid technology offers greater bandwidths, the ability to shape the frequency response, and the option to provide patients with an open-fit acoustic configuration that does not require a custom earmold. These developments have allowed professionals to gravitate away from earmolds and in some cases completely abandon the use of them. At Starkey Hearing Technologies, we feel that earmolds still serve a purpose and offer a valuable contribution to the fitting process. The purpose of this course is to provide a refresher on all things related to current earmold technology and demonstrate that earmolds can provide professionals a way to showcase their artistry, which can help avoid commoditization.
Course created on September 23, 2014
- After this course learners will be able to identify current perspectives and considerations of earmolds in the hearing aid fitting process
- After this course learners will be able to describe the unique and vast earmold offerings Starkey provides to customize the fitting of RIC and BTE hearing aids
- After this course learners will be able to list the clear benefits associated with fitting a custom earmold with a standard hearing aid style
|5-25 Minutes||Considerations of earmolds in the hearing aid fitting process|
|25-40 Minutes||Starkey earmolds for RIC and BTE devices|
|40-55 Minutes||Benefits of custom earmolds with standard fit devices|
|55-60 Minutes||Summary; Q & A|
Lindsay Prusick, AuD, CCC-A, FAAA
Education & Training Audiologist
Lindsay Prusick graduated with a BA in Speech and Hearing Sciences from the University of Iowa in 2006 and an AuD from Purdue University in 2010. After graduate school, she worked as Research Associate for the Speech Perception Laboratory at the University of Iowa and as a PRN Audiologist in the Department of Otolaryngology at the University of Iowa’s Hospitals &Clinics. In May of 2012 Lindsay began working for Starkey Hearing Technologies as an audiologist in the Education & Training Department.
Dennis Van Vliet, AuD
Director of Professional Relations
Dennis Van Vliet, Au.D., has worked as an audiologist in medical, educational and private practice settings. Professional activities have included formation of the Independent Hearing Aid Fitting Forum, a volunteer study group that developed a comprehensive hearing aid fitting protocol for nonlinear hearing aids. He has been invited as a speaker in the U.S., Canada and Germany to present information on a variety of hearing aid technology topics and other professional issues. Van Vliet earned a B.S. from the University of California, Irvine, his master's in audiology from California State University and an Au.D. from Central Michigan University.
Dennis Van Vliet: Financial: Dennis Van Vliet, AuD, is Director of Professional Relations for Starkey Hearing Technologies. Non-financial: Dennis Van Vliet formed the Independent Hearing Aid Fitting Forum.
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Starkey in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event focuses on Starkey products and services and will not include info on other products or services.
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