Hearing Aids For Adults

The scope of this page is hearing aids for adult populations.

See the Hearing Loss (Adults) Evidence Map for summaries of the available research on this topic.

Hearing aid fitting for adults is a complex and manifold process that represents only one part of a comprehensive audiologic rehabilitation plan. A progression in the model of hearing health provision toward a patient-centered approach, along with appropriate use of hearing technology, has been described (Hickson, 2012). Laplante-Levesque, Hickson, and Worrall (2010) stressed that, "increased client participation, for example via client-centeredness, joint goal setting, and shared decision making, constitutes a more holistic approach that respects the client as a person and that may hold promise to improve the quality of life" (p. 21). Through analysis of previous research, Erdman, Wark, and Montano (1994) encouraged a service delivery model for audiologists that engages patients and encourages their participation in personal hearing-management decisions. Thus, to achieve the greatest probability of successful hearing aid fitting, a rehabilitation plan will incorporate the combined efforts and input of the audiologist, patient, and family/caregivers.

See unbundling hearing aid sales and marketing and promoting audiology professional services for information regarding the dispensing of hearing aids. Hearing aids are considered medical devices and, as such, are regulated by the Food and Drug Administration.

Osseointegrated devices, such as cochlear implants, middle ear implants, and bone-anchored hearing aids, will be discussed on a future Portal page.

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