August 2010 - Volume 63 - Issue 8
pp: 4-52

From the Editor

Hj Report

Over the Wire

Manufacturers News

Everything you ever wanted to know about conducting surveys

Danhauer, Jeffrey L.

The Hearing Journal. 63(8):10,12,14-16, August 2010.

Surveys are a central fact of life in audiology and in hearing aid dispensing. Practitioners use them in many ways, including to evaluate their practice, measure fitting outcomes and patient satisfaction, and help them in counseling. Jeff Danhauer has been designing, conducting, and writing about surveys for 30 years, and this month he shares his expertise with HJ readers.

Teach patients who hear “well enough” the real cost of neglecting hearing loss

Pallarito, Karen

The Hearing Journal. 63(8):19-20,22,24-25, August 2010.

When consumers refuse to get help for an admitted hearing loss, it's often because they don't realize the amount of harm their diminished hearing is doing to their life. This Cover Story offers a wealth of information that practitioners can use to make reluctant patients understand how much they have to gain by addressing their hearing problems now.

Designing HA signal processing to reduce demand on working memory

Lunner, Thomas

The Hearing Journal. 63(8):28,30-31, August 2010.

When people with diminished hearing ability listen and try to decipher speech, they work harder and use up more working memory than do normal hearers. As a result, they tire more quickly and remember less of what they have heard. The author discusses how amplification can be designed to help people not only hear better but do so with less expenditure of mental resources.

Evaluation of frequency compression and high-frequency directionality

O'Brien, Anna; Yeend, Ingrid; Hartley, Lisa; More

The Hearing Journal. 63(8):32,34-37, August 2010.

The recent resurgence of interest in employing frequency lowering to fit hearing aids on people with severe high-frequency hearing loss has raised issues about possible side effects related to this method. This article reports on the findings of research looking at how frequency compression affects localization, speech recognition in noise, and user satisfaction with hearing aids.