Overcoming Hearing Aid Fears: The Road to Better Hearing

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A hearing aid is a simple tool to improve careers, relationships, and self-esteem, and to provide independence and security. Yet of the nearly thirty million people with a hearing impairment, only about 20 percent choose to use one. This is true despite the fact that technological advances have enabled hearing aids to address a greater range of hearing losses, while making them smaller, better designed, and easier to use than those of the past.

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Overview

A hearing aid is a simple tool to improve careers, relationships, and self-esteem, and to provide independence and security. Yet of the nearly thirty million people with a hearing impairment, only about 20 percent choose to use one. This is true despite the fact that technological advances have enabled hearing aids to address a greater range of hearing losses, while making them smaller, better designed, and easier to use than those of the past.

Audiologist John M. Burkey addresses common fears, concerns, and misconceptions about this topic. He provides practical information about hearing aid styles, options, and costs. His experience in caring for more than 50,000 patients will help people with hearing loss address their concerns. The book also helps family and friends understand why a loved one might resist getting a hearing aid, and offers tips on counseling. Audiologists will find this text an important educational tool in advising their own patients.

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Ten percent of Americans are estimated to have some form of hearing loss; in those over age 70, the number is thought to be as high as one in three. Burkey (director, audiology & speech, Lippy Group for Ear, Nose, and Throat, Warren, OH) here seeks to address the misconceptions surrounding the use of hearing aids. Personal stories illustrate the ways people deny suffering from hearing loss and the toll this takes on the sufferer and his or her family and friends. Fears and doubts about hearing-aid performance and getting used to and caring for hearing aids are addressed. Burkey begins with the function of the normal ear, types of hearing loss, and what hearing aids can and cannot do. "Hearing Aids 101" describes different styles of aids; circuitry options; analog, digital, and programmable models; channels and bands; custom vs. noncustom, disposable, and personal amplifiers; directional microphones; telecoils, and remote controls. Costs (including insurance coverage), the role of a professional audiologist, and the selection of a manufacturer round out the information offered. This practical book fills a definite need and is recommended for most public libraries.-Jodith Janes, Cleveland Clinic Foundation Lib. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780786286904
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 6/21/2006
  • Series: Thorndike Health, Home and Learning Ser.
  • Edition description: Large Print
  • Pages: 325
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.60 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations
Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 Medical Observations on the Normal, Impaired, and Aided Ear 7
2 Denial and Acceptance of Hearing Loss 26
3 Appearance and Deeper Concerns 42
4 Fears and Doubts 53
5 Benefits for a Hearing Aid User 84
6 Benefits for Friends and Family 98
7 Hearing Aids 101 110
8 Cost 133
9 Rejoining the Hearing World 146
Glossary 161
References 169
Index 171
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