Perhaps the most important part of any hearing aid fitting is the ability to deliver an effective and appropriate first fit that qualifies as a “best fit”. The ability to optimize gain and output for each unique hearing loss is necessary to ensure that the technology we are fitting is able to deliver amplification that helps facilitate effective communication. To assist us in this endeavor, we have a variety of fitting formulas to choose from in order to address the unique needs of every patient. In addition, prescriptive targets play a significant role in the patient’s acceptance or rejection of amplification. This course will provide an overview of prescriptive fitting formulas and discuss fitting considerations for different patient populations.
Course created on July 28, 2020
- After this course learners will be able to list at least three goals of hearing aid fitting formulas.
- After this course learners will be able to identify the advantages and disadvantages of generic and proprietary fitting rationales.
- After this course learners will be able to identify which patient populations may benefit from different prescriptive fitting approaches.
|5-10 Minutes||Purpose of Fitting Rationales|
|10-25 Minutes||Generic Fitting Formulas|
|25-40 Minutes||Proprietary Fitting Formulas|
|40-55 Minutes||Considerations for Different Patient Populations|
|55-60 Minutes||Q and A, Summary|
Andrea Hannan-Dawkes, AuD, FAAA
Education and Training Division
Andrea Hannan-Dawkes joined the Education and Training Division of Starkey Labs in November 2010. Her current responsibilities include assisting in the development of educational materials, leading training classes and assisting with course offerings available through Audiology Online. She earned her Master of Arts in Audiology from the University of Maryland at College Park and her Doctor of Audiology degree from the Arizona School of Health Sciences. Andrea has worked in clinical audiology settings in California, Texas, New York, and South Carolina. She has also spent time working in the area of hearing aid research. She currently resides in Charleston, South Carolina with her family.
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Starkey in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service.
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Association of Hearing Instrument Practitioners of Ontario
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California Hearing Aid Dispensers Bureau
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