Hearing healthcare professional toolkit (CUNY - US)

Hearing healthcare toolkit for use in primary and geriatric care

10. Why should I recommend that my patient consider trying hearing aids? a. Hearing aids are less noticeable than hearing loss b. Hearing aids are discreet and virtually invisible c. Performance of hearing aids has improved significantly with high-fidelity sound processing and background noise suppression d. Hearing aids can enable your patient to remain socially engaged and often make listening and communicating easier and less stressful 11. What is a cochlear implant? A cochlear implant is a surgically implanted device to be considered by persons with severe to profound hearing loss who do not benefit from hearing aids. Older adults increasingly should consider this option as the evidence points to improvements in function and quality of life among older adults who have undergone cochlear implant surgery. 12. Is my patient a candidate for cochlear implants? Their health status, hearing loss severity, aided speech understanding and functional ability are all factors to be considered. 13. Is there objective evidence that hearing health care interventions such as hearing aids or cochlear implants improve hearing quality of life? Yes.


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