More than 30 million U.S. adults have disabling hearing loss. In addition to negatively affecting the quality of life, hearing impairment is associated with dementia, depression, and social isolation. Despite the well-demonstrated benefits of hearing aids, relatively few eligible people (an estimated 15% to 30%) wear them. As federal regulations of over-the-counter hearing aids get closer to becoming reality, this course attempts to review the opportunities, threats, and challenges associated with hearing aids being sold over-the-counter without the direct involvement of a licensed audiologist. A primary focus of this course will be to demonstrate how the hearing care professional’s ability to customize along two fronts, customizing a start-gain target and customizing ear coupling, will allow them to stand apart from OTC and other online retailers.
Course created on October 21, 2021
- After this course, participants will be able to define an OTC or OTC-like hearing device.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe what segment of the market might value OTC and self-fitting hearing aids.
- After this course, participants will be able to describe the benefits of custom-made in-the-ear devices.
|5-15 Minutes||Define OTC and OTC-like devices|
|15-35 Minutes||Describe the advantages of customization of acoustic parameters|
|35-55 Minutes||Describe the advantages of customization of earmolds and coupling of ITE-like devices|
Director of Clinical Content Development
Brian Taylor, AuD, is the director of clinical content development for Signia. He is also the editor of Audiology Practices, a quarterly journal of the Academy of Doctors of Audiology and editor-at-large for Hearing Health and Technology Matters, a leading industry blog. Dr. Taylor has authored several peer reviewed articles and textbooks and is a highly sought out lecturer. Brian has nearly 30 years of experience as both a clinician, business manager and university instructor. His most recent textbook, Audiology Practice Management was published in 2019.
Sponsor Disclosure: This Course is presented by Signia in partnership with AudiologyOnline.
Content Disclosure: This learning event focuses on Signia products and services and will not include info on other products or services.
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