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The Speech Intelligibility Index: What is it and what's it good for?

Hornsby, Benjamin W.Y.

The Hearing Journal. 57(10):10-17, October 2004.

If you're not quite sure what's the difference between the AI and the SII and how you use each of them, let this month's Page Ten explain the two measures and discuss their value in a daily clinical practice.

Speech audiometry and hearing aid fittings: Going steady or casual acquaintances?

Mueller, H. Gustav

The Hearing Journal. 54(10):19-29, October 2001.

Once upon a time, speech audiometry was a standard part of a hearing aid fitting. Today, although many talk about it, there appears to be more talk than action. However, a number of new speech tests have been developed and it appears that there may be a trend back toward greater use of speech audiometry.

MarkeTrak VIII: Consumer satisfaction with hearing aids is slowly increasing

Kochkin, Sergei

The Hearing Journal. 63(1):19-20,22,24,26,28,30-32, January 2010.

Based on more than 3000 responses from hearing aid wearers to the eighth MarkeTrak survey, Better Hearing Institute Executive Director Dr. Sergei Kochkin determined that 74% of hearing instrument users in 2008 were satisfied with their fittings. That was significantly higher than the 68% satisfaction rate found by MarkeTrak VII in 2004 and the best ever recorded.

MarkeTrak VII: Customer satisfaction with hearing instruments in the digital age

Kochkin, Sergei

The Hearing Journal. 58(9):30,32-34,38-40,42-43, September 2005.

There was good news on the satisfaction front, as the latest MarkeTrak survey found that 85% of consumers were satisfied with how hearing aids improved their hearing and 92% were satisfied with their hearing healthcare professionals.

MarkeTrak VII: Obstacles to adult non-user adoption of hearing aids

Kochkin, Sergei

The Hearing Journal. 60(4):24-51, April 2007.

Despite great advances in hearing aid technology, the latest MarkeTrak study finds that significantly increasing the utilization of amplification requires other advances as well. These include raising awareness by consumers of their hearing loss and its impact on their lives and spreading the realization that existing solutions are effective and offer good value.

Framing the clinical encounter for greater understanding, empathy, and success

Tjørnhøj-Thomsen, Tine

The Hearing Journal. 62(8):38,40,42-43, August 2009.

A medical anthropologist describes how understanding the encounter model can help hearing care professionals improve their clinical encounters with patients and “reframe” their practice to achieve a more patient-centered focus.