Quality of Care In “Hearing Aid Help,” a recent letter to The ASHA Leader by Beverly Rosenstein (April 3), the writer wants to be “honestly assured that the hearing aids...will deliver speech that is...clearly intelligible.” But it would be unprofessional for any audiologist to give that assurance, since, as noted by the editor, ... Inbox
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The ASHA Leader, May 2012, Vol. 17, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.17062012.2
The ASHA Leader, May 2012, Vol. 17, 2. doi:10.1044/leader.IN1.17062012.2
In “Hearing Aid Help,” a recent letter to The ASHA Leader by Beverly Rosenstein (April 3), the writer wants to be “honestly assured that the hearing aids...will deliver speech that is...clearly intelligible.” But it would be unprofessional for any audiologist to give that assurance, since, as noted by the editor, the amplified speech is being perceived and processed by a damaged auditory system. A person with hearing loss who understands only 44% of words on a word recognition test will not always perceive speech as “clearly intelligible,” regardless of the quality and nature of the amplifying system. What an audiologist can strive for is to ensure that the person with hearing loss is hearing as well as possible. Reaching that goal requires a good diagnostic evaluation, professional counseling, appropriate hearing aid fitting, and a comprehensive follow-up care program.
Furthermore, I wonder if the writer did, indeed, see an audiologist, since she refers to her hearing care provider as a “supplier” and a “purveyor” of hearing aids. Most audiologists consider themselves providers of professional hearing care, not “suppliers” or “purveyors,” and would likely take offense at those terms, as I do. As an ASHA-certified and licensed audiologist, my primary concern is quality care for individuals with hearing loss.
Dennis Hampton White Plains, New York
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