Hearing Health and Technology -- Workshop, Project No. P171200
Hearing loss is often gradual, invisible and painless, yet you are expecting consumers to correctly identify their degree of hearing loss and choose an over the counter device to adequately compensate for their hearing loss. We know that untreated hearing loss is associated with higher rates of cognitive decline, increased falls risk, increased hospitalization rates, social isolation, depression, and mortality. Determining the type and degree of hearing loss, selecting and fitting appropriate amplification, verifying amplification, and providing an aural rehabilitation program is vital for proper treatment. Audiologists are the doctoral level professionals that perform these diagnostic and rehabilitative services and must be consulted prior to a consumer randomly picking up and using an OTC device that may not be appropriate for their needs.