Counseling/Rehab/Patient Care

Dennis Van Vliet, AuD
Van Vliet looks at how the world is changing, noting that today we are busy trying to understand noise reduction options and how to program optimally as technology advances. What will we be doing in 25 years?
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Author Von Hansen uses a case example to illustrate how a hearing care professional can insert 4 objectives into a patient history consult to transform it into a vital component of the counseling protocol.
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The Ida Institute announced that the VA ASPS Program Office Committee has developed a document that shows how VA audiologists are using Ida tools to help veterans who have hearing loss.
Dennis Van Vliet, AuD
Dr Van Vliet explains how, even though audiologists can’t always help people who aren’t ready or willing to receive our help, we can listen and offer a range of solutions.

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Dr Frank Lin shares his research on age-related hearing loss and cognition during his 2014 ADA “Game Changer” session, “Hearing Loss and Aging: Consequences, Implications, and Creating Better Outcomes Through Alternate Models of Care.”
In a recent JAAA article, Rebecca Kamil and Frank Lin provide a systematic review of literature about how hearing loss in older adults affects their communication partners. Not surprisingly, what emerges is evidence of restricted social life, burden in communication, and poorer quality of life and relationship satisfaction.
Dennis Van Vliet, AuD
Dr Van Vliet explains how standards of care are necessary to help those in the middle of the bell curve, and also to help us identify the outliers.
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Maurice H. Miller argues that an audiologist's dedication to long-term involvement with the hearing-impaired patient in a rehabilitative structure is essential. Without it, our future is uncertain. With it, there is enormous hope for our profession.
A self-administered hearing test application could improve patient compliance by funneling self-motivated patients into the healthcare system already primed to succeed with amplification technology.
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The Ida Institute conducted a survey of more than 450 hearing health professionals and found that those who use the Institute’s “Ida Tools” can deliver more patient-centered care.
Dennis Van Vliet, AuD
Dr Van Vliet illustrates how providing better opportunities for patient follow-up can help make the journey to hearing treatment easier and more expedient.
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Author Roy Bain explains how framing ideas in ways patients can easily understand positively reinforces their decision about purchasing a hearing aid.
We don’t always remember to update the training materials we send home with new patients. Dr Van Vliet explains why audiololists should update their patient-training materials to reflect current technology, and offer patients more training options and strategies for improving their listening experiences.
Figure 1. One example of a young child wearing the Interacoustics EyeSeeCam goggle for vHIT testing.
This 2015 update shows that outcomes have vastly improved for children with vestibular and hearing problems, thanks to the work of professionals associated with pediatric hearing healthcare.
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We typically don’t expect to see a parade of characters coming through our doors on any given day. But there are times when we end up with more that our share. Dr Van Vliet shows how good preparation, efficient and flexible systems, and a dose of humility help get us through those bad days.
Catherine Palmer, PhD.
Results from a study published in the October JAAA indicate that the so-called “hearing aid effect” has diminished, if not completely disappeared, in the 21st century.

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Figure 4. Individual subject Tinnitus Functional Index (TFI) baseline and 6 months post Widex Zen Therapy scores for the 24 subjects. The solid line represents equivalent baseline vs final (post treatment) scores while the dashed line represents the 13-point benefit score required for clinical efforts to be considered clinically significant.
The results from this clinical study strongly support the use of Widex Zen Therapy in tinnitus patient management. This individualized comprehensive approach combining counseling (instructional and adjustment-based cognitive behavioral intervention), amplification, fractal tones and/or noise, and relaxation strategies was highly effective in reducing tinnitus handicap in a short period of time, with improvements apparent through at least the 6-month duration of this investigation.
This article is a micro-level analysis of how hearing care professionals can help patients deconstruct their hearing loss and reprogram “wrong messages.” To the extent that a person with hearing loss has internalized negative social norms, a "traditional" audiology or hearing care visit is likely to trigger shame-based self-evaluative cognitions. For example, "I didn’t study properly for the hearing test, therefore I’m unworthy."
Lumosity’s games are inspired by neuropsychological and cognitive tasks, and are designed to challenge core cognitive abilities; Oticon's BrainHearing shares the similar goal of keeping neural pathways engaged so that the brain doesn’t have to relearn to hear, says Oticon.
The AAO-HNS guideline gives healthcare providers a framework for care and support in mitigating the personal and social impact that tinnitus can have. The recommendation includes obtaining a comprehensive audiologic examination and recommendation of sound therapy for patients with persistent bothersome tinnitus.