Issues Related to Hearing Aid Amplification of Older Adults Adults over 65 years make up a significant proportion of hearing aid fittings, in part because hearing loss is more common in this population (Desai, Pratt, Lentzner, & Robinson, 2001), but also because older adults are more likely to address their communication difficulty by obtaining hearing aids. Among adults ... Article
Article  |   December 01, 2006
Issues Related to Hearing Aid Amplification of Older Adults
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  • Pamela E. Souza
    Department of Speech and Hearing Sciences, University of Washington, Seattle, WA
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Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Special Populations / Older Adults & Aging / Attention, Memory & Executive Functions / Articles
Article   |   December 01, 2006
Issues Related to Hearing Aid Amplification of Older Adults
SIG 6 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, December 2006, Vol. 10, 14-19. doi:10.1044/hhd10.2.14
SIG 6 Perspectives on Hearing and Hearing Disorders: Research and Diagnostics, December 2006, Vol. 10, 14-19. doi:10.1044/hhd10.2.14
Adults over 65 years make up a significant proportion of hearing aid fittings, in part because hearing loss is more common in this population (Desai, Pratt, Lentzner, & Robinson, 2001), but also because older adults are more likely to address their communication difficulty by obtaining hearing aids. Among adults with aidable hearing loss, 42% of those 65 years or older wear hearing aids, compared to 12% of those under 65 years (Kochkin, 2005). Audiologists are well trained in hearing aid selection and fitting, and most are familiar with modifications to accommodate age-related declines in vision or dexterity. However, current hearing aids offer a wide range of choices, including directional microphones, adaptive noise reduction, multichannel compression, expansion, feedback cancellation, and wireless synchronization. Accordingly, clinicians should also consider how the wearer’s age might affect choices about signal processing. This paper reviews recent research that links age-related changes to practical fitting choices.
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