In This Episode:
Dr. K talks about hearing aids and other ways to address hearing loss with Meg Wallhagen, PhD, Professor of Gerontological Nursing at UCSF’s School of Nursing. She is a nationally recognized expert on hearing loss and has been on the board of the Hearing Loss Association of America since 2010. This episode is Part 2 of a two-part series on hearing loss. They discuss:
- Why people may be entitled to workplace accommodations to address hearing loss
- What should take place during an initial audiology evaluation
- How audiologists adjust and fit hearing aids, and what to expect from a good audiology provider
- What to expect from using hearing aids
- Common hearing aid options to consider, & how to choose a hearing aid
- Why it’s good to get a hearing aid with a telecoil
- Why the brain needs time to adjust to hearing aids & why it’s essential to use them regularly
- Who shouldn’t get hearing aids
- Why a “Pocket Talker” can be a good option for people with dementia
- Other alternatives to hearing aids, such as special phones
- Why it’s important to address hearing loss sooner rather than later
- Other simple ways to improve communication with older adults with hearing loss
- Recent developments in over-the-counter hearing aids and personal sound amplification products (PSAPs)
- Professor Wallhagen’s Brochure (for people affected by hearing loss):
- UCSF Audiology: The Speech Banana
- Medicare.gov: Hearing & balance exams & hearing aids
- Mayo Clinic: Hearing aids, How to choose the right one
- The Hurdles to Getting Hearing Aids
- Hearing Loss Association of America:
- Hearing & Speech Center (San Francisco)
- National Academies: Hearing Health Care for Adults: Priorities for Improving Access and Affordability
- Better Health While Aging:
- Professor Wallhagen’s Research:
- Hearing Loss Education for Older Adults in Primary Care Clinics: Benefits of a Concise Educational Brochure
- The Stigma of Hearing Loss
- Hearing impairment: significant but underassessed in primary care settings
- Impact of Self-Assessed Hearing Loss on a Spouse: A Longitudinal Analysis of Couples
Transcript: Click here.
Note from Dr. K: We don’t have the funds to transcribe most podcast episodes, but we decided to transcribe Professor Wallhagen’s episodes, to make them more accessible to anyone experiencing hearing loss.
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