Hearing Aid Fitting and Audiologic Rehabilitation A Complementary Relationship Clinical Focus: Grand Rounds
Clinical Focus: Grand Rounds  |   July 01, 1996
Hearing Aid Fitting and Audiologic Rehabilitation
 
Author Affiliations & Notes
  • Patricia McCarthy, PhD
    Department of Communication Disorders and Sciences, Rush University, Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke’s Medical Center, 1653 W. Congress Parkway, Chicago, IL 60612
  • This paper, the second of three, is based on a presentation at the session on contemporary approaches to hearing aid fitting held at ASHA's 1994 Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA.
    This paper, the second of three, is based on a presentation at the session on contemporary approaches to hearing aid fitting held at ASHA's 1994 Annual Convention in New Orleans, LA.×
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Hearing Aids, Cochlear Implants & Assistive Technology / Audiologic / Aural Rehabilitation / Clinical Focus / Grand Rounds
Clinical Focus: Grand Rounds   |   July 01, 1996
Hearing Aid Fitting and Audiologic Rehabilitation
American Journal of Audiology, July 1996, Vol. 5, 24-28. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0502.24
History: Received April 14, 1995 , Accepted July 24, 1995
 
American Journal of Audiology, July 1996, Vol. 5, 24-28. doi:10.1044/1059-0889.0502.24
History: Received April 14, 1995; Accepted July 24, 1995
Recent advances in hearing aid technology and evaluation strategies have had a dramatic effect on how audiologists fit hearing aids in the 1990s. As technology and fitting processes have evolved, so have attitudes toward the role of rehabilitation in the hearing aid fitting process. In the past, teachers, researchers, and clinicians dealt with hearing aids and rehabilitation as separate entities. Current perceptions and practices reflect the belief that the hearing aid fitting and rehabilitation processes are inextricably interwoven. Montgomery (1993)  summarizes this relationship most succinctly by stating, “The hearing aid is the beginning of the rehabilitation process; not the end.”
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