Hearing-aid fittings for patients with severe or profound hearing loss - Audiologists’ experiences
In many countries including Sweden, there are currently no guidelines specifying how hearing aids should be programmed and fitted for patients with severe or profound hearing losses. The aim of this study was to evaluate audiologists’ experiences of hearing aid fittings for patients with severe or profound hearing losses by interview, in order to highlight important aspects of the hearing aid fittings from the audiologists’ perspective.
Seven categories (“prescription”, “features”, “hearing aid choice”, “technical aspects of hearing aid change”, “pedagogical aspects of hearing aid change”, “hearing aid limitations” and “the patient group’s extensive needs”) with 21 sub-categories were identified in the interviews. The audiologists’ experienced that many specific considerations were needed in the hearing aid fittings for patients with a severe or profound hearing loss, both regarding technical and pedagogical parts of the work. Clearer guidelines for hearing aid settings and fittings are needed to facilitate the audiologists’ work with the patient group.
Publications and Presentations
Audionomdagarna (National Swedish conference for Audiologists), Luleå (Sweden), 2013.
Andersson, K. (2013). Hörapparatutprovningar för patienter med grav hörselnedsättning. Audionomers erfarenheter. (MSc), Karolinska Institutet Stockholm.