Verification of the hearing aid fitting is a critical component in optimizing a patient’s benefit and satisfaction with amplification. Through verification, we can ensure that the earcanal output is appropriate for speech understanding and listening comfort, establish that our goals for audibility and safety are met, and confirm that special hearing aid features are functioning as intended. This course will review best practices in hearing aid verification, including: an overview of validated prescriptive approaches, the basics of probe microphone measures and speech mapping, and the latest in pediatric hearing aid verification, including the use of the real-ear-to-coupler difference (RECD).
Course created on July 1, 2016
- As a result of this continuing education activity, participants will be able to briefly describe the history of hearing aid prescriptions, compare and contrast two current, popular prescriptive methods and explain how to estimate approximate appropriate gain based on a patients hearing threshold.
- As a result of this continuing education activity, participants will be able to list appropriate techniques for probe microphone measures, explain step-by-step techniques for using probe microphone measures for hearing aid fitting and describe how REAR measures and speech mapping can be used to determine the appropriateness of a hearing aid fitting.
- As a result of this continuing education activity, participants will be able to describe what the RECD is and why it is an important clinical procedure, how to obtain a good RECD measurement and clarify how the RECD is used throughout the pediatric hearing aid fitting process.
- As a result of this continuing education activity, participants will be able to describe how to verify a hearing aid using simulated real-ear measurements, discuss candidacy considerations for additional hearing aid technologies for children and clarify the verification protocols for frequency lowering and noise management technologies.
- As a result of this continuing education activity, participants will be able to describe key changes in the definition of the Real Ear to Coupler Difference due to a new ANSI standard, explain how the RECD varies when measured with foam tips versus earmolds and describe a new protocol for correcting the RECD that is applied in new Audioscan software systems.
|0-60 Minutes||Hearing Aid Essentials: Prescriptive Fitting Approaches|
|60-180 Minutes||Back to Basics: Probe-Mic and Speech Mapping Measures|
|180-240 Minutes||Individualizing Pediatric Hearing Aid Fittings Part 1: Application of the RECD|
|240-300 Minutes||Individualizing Pediatric Hearing Aid Fittings Part 2: Hearing Aid Verification|
|300-360 Minutes||New RECDs and a New ANSI standard: Revisiting RECD Basics and Applications|
Erin Picou, AuD, PhD
Research Assistant Professor, Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Erin Picou is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Hearing and Speech Sciences at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. She has been working in the Dan Maddox Hearing Aid Research Laboratory since she was an AuD student. After completing her Ph.D. (also at Vanderbilt) she was hired to a research faculty position. Her research interests are primarily related to hearing aid technologies for adults and children, with a specific focus on speech recognition, listening effort, and emotional responses to sound. This work continues to be supported through a variety of industry and federal funding sources. In addition to her research activities, Erin is involved with teaching and mentoring AuD students at Vanderbilt. In addition, Erin is currently serving as an Associate Section Editor for Ear and Hearing.
H. Gustav Mueller, PhD
Professor of Audiology, Vanderbilt University
Dr. H. Gustav Mueller is Professor of Audiology, Vanderbilt University and also holds faculty positions with the University of Northern Colorado and Rush University. He is the Senior Audiology consultant for Sivantos and Contributing Editor for AudiologyOnline. Dr. Mueller is a Founder of the American Academy of Audiology and a Fellow of the American Speech and Hearing Association. He has published extensively in the areas of diagnostic audiology and hearing aid applications, and has co-authored several books, including the Audiologists’ Desk Reference (Volumes I and II), Fitting and Dispensing Hearing Aids, and most recently Modern Hearing Aids. Gus is the co-founder of the popular website www.earTunes.com, and resides on a North Dakota island, just outside of Bismarck.
Marlene Bagatto, AuD, PhD
Dr. Marlene Bagatto is an Adjunct Research Professor at the National Centre for Audiology at Western University in London, Canada. In addition to her research related to pediatric amplification and clinical outcomes, she consults for Ontario’s Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) program to support protocol development, training and program quality.
Susan Scollie, PhD
Dr. Susan Scollie is an Associate Professor at the National Centre for Audiology at the University of Western Ontario in London, Ontario, Canada. Together with colleagues Dr. Marlene Bagatto and Dr. Danielle Glista, she participates in the development of the DSL Method for hearing aid fitting, and leads the Child Amplification Laboratory. Dr. Scollie and colleagues work closely with the Ontario Infant Hearing Program and the Manitoba Universal Newborn Hearing Screening Program. Dr. Scollie also collaborates with colleagues including Drs. Paula Folkeard, Vijay Parsa, and Ewan Macpherson to develop studies within the Translational Research Unit, a new laboratory that partners with industry to evaluate new products and procedures.
Gus Mueller: Financial: Dr. Mueller has a private audiology consulting practice and is the Senior Audiology consultant for Siemens Hearing Instruments. He serves as a Contributing Editor for AudiologyOnline and the hearing aids series editor for Plural Publishing. Dr. Mueller is the author of many textbooks regarding hearing aid selection and fitting. Non-Financial: Dr. Mueller has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Marlene Bagatto: Financial: Marlene Bagatto received an honorarium for this presentation. She has participated in research in the area of amplification. Non-Financial: Dr. Bagatto is part of the team that supports the development and use of the DSL Method which is a not-for-profit endeavor.
Susan Scollie: Financial: Susan Scollie is a paid guest speaker for Audioscan. Dr. Scollie has participated in research related to amplification. Non-Financial: Susan Scollie has no relevant non-financial relationships to disclose.
Content Disclosure: This learning event does not focus exclusively on any specific product or service, except for the module "New RECDs and a New ANSI standard: Revisiting RECD Basics and Applications," which discusses Audioscan products.
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