Working Toward Consensus on Hearing Aid Fitting in Adults and Children Over the past 25 years, more journal articles, books, and conference proceedings probably have been published on the topic of hearing aids and hearing aid fitting than any other component of audiologic management. In North America alone, we now have three periodicals (two trade journals and one entire peer ... Article
Article  |   September 01, 1998
Working Toward Consensus on Hearing Aid Fitting in Adults and Children
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  • Richard C. Seewald
    Hearing Health Care Research Unit, School of Communication Sciences and Disorders, The University of Western OntarioLondon, Ontario, Canada
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Article   |   September 01, 1998
Working Toward Consensus on Hearing Aid Fitting in Adults and Children
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, September 1998, Vol. 6, 6-10. doi:10.1044/arii6.1.6
SIG 7 Perspectives on Aural Rehabilitation and Its Instrumentation, September 1998, Vol. 6, 6-10. doi:10.1044/arii6.1.6
Over the past 25 years, more journal articles, books, and conference proceedings probably have been published on the topic of hearing aids and hearing aid fitting than any other component of audiologic management. In North America alone, we now have three periodicals (two trade journals and one entire peer reviewed journal) devoted exclusively to hearing instrument related issues. Despite this impressive collection of published information and opinion, recent survey data on hearing aid fitting practices with children and adults (Hedley-Williams, Tharpe, & Bess, 1996; Martin, Champlin, & Chambers, 1998) suggest that hearing health care professionals in the United States agree on very little regarding most aspects of the hearing aid fitting process. No doubt, most practicing clinicians would agree that audiometric thresholds should be measured prior to fitting amplification. Beyond this, however, consensus among audiologists is difficult to find. A number of explanations (both strong and weak) can be developed for the current situation.
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