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Highlights from AuDACITY 2016: The Sky Is Rising - Integrating Hearables into Patient Centered Care

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1.  Untreated hearing loss is a public health problem, supported by data that show what percent of adults age 50+ with hearing loss DO NOT use hearing aids?
  1. 15%
  2. 22%
  3. 34%
  4. 67 - 86%
2.  "Hearable" refers to the morphing of what two technologies?
  1. hearing aids and cochlear implants
  2. smartphones and apps
  3. custom hearing aids and BTE hearing aids
  4. hearing aids and consumer electronics
3.  You can objectively evaluate hearables by:
  1. running electroacoustic measures
  2. conducting probe mic measures for various degrees and configurations of hearing losses
  3. both A and B
  4. hearables cannot be evaluated
4.  When you compare hearing aids and PSAPs, which of the following is true:
  1. there is no data or published studies comparing hearing aids and PSAPs
  2. the FDA currently regulates hearing aids and PSAPs
  3. all PSAPs have inferior technology to hearing aids
  4. some PSAPs have comparable technology to some hearing aids but there is a wide range of quality
5.  What statement can be made regarding PSAPs and prescriptive fitting targets?
  1. Some higher end PSAPs can match targets similar to hearing aids for up to a moderate loss
  2. PSAPs cannot match prescriptive targets
  3. PSAPs cannot be evaluated and therefore it is unknown whether they can hit targets
  4. PSAPs tend to be very flexible and most can match targets for mild through severe hearing losses
6.  The term "hearables" includes:
  1. smartphone enabled hearing aids and self-contained hearing aids
  2. directed audio devices
  3. smartphone based apps with amplification
  4. all of the above
7.  An example of a PSAP:
  1. Phonak Bolero
  2. Soundhawk
  3. Hansaton Base
  4. ReSound LiNX
8.  Wireless earbuds and augmented reality devices may have which of the following features?
  1. amplification
  2. hearing protection
  3. biometrics (monitoring, such as heart rate)
  4. all of the above
9.  Using hearables or PSAPs as "gateway" devices as part of a clinical strategy means:
  1. using PSAPs and hearables for situational help for milder losses, possible as a first step for hearing aid-resistant individuals
  2. recommending hearables and PSAPs for all first time users, before recommending hearing aids
  3. fitting hearables and PSAPs to all clients who cannot afford hearing aids
  4. fitting your receptionist (gatekeeper) with PSAPs so he or she can demo them to all patients as they enter your practice
10.  To integrate hearables in your practice, Dr. Taylor recommends:
  1. setting up a self-ordering and self-fitting station for patients
  2. fitting low end hearables so that hearing aids will always perform better in demos
  3. setting up a hearable listening station and educating patients on all options
  4. fitting hearables that are less than $150 so they don't impact your ASP

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