Ask the Audiologist webinar

Posted by tonyinmi @tonyinmi, Nov 15, 2020

Hearing Loss Association on America, Michigan State Association (HLAA-MI) will be hosting a Zoom webinar panel discussion. The topic is "Ask the Audiologist". You will be able to get answers to your questions.
To participate, people have to first send an email to events@hearingloss-ggr.org to get the Zoom link. They'll then need to register.
Wednesday, Nov 18, from 6:30 PM until 8:00 PM.
Panelists:
Erica Mandrick of Michigan ENT and Allergy
Darcy Jaarsma of Spectrum Health Audiology
Michelle Rankin of Rankin Audiology & Hearing
Kim Kragt of Constance Brown Hearing Centers

Interested in more discussions like this? Go to the Hearing Loss Support Group.

To clarify….you will be able to ask your questions and have them answered live. If you are unable to attend, you can also leave questions here for us to ask and we will report back. Your name will be kept anonymous if we ask on your behalf.

Come join us!

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@wired4sound

To clarify….you will be able to ask your questions and have them answered live. If you are unable to attend, you can also leave questions here for us to ask and we will report back. Your name will be kept anonymous if we ask on your behalf.

Come join us!

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@wired4sound Good point. Our audiologists can answer questions regarding hearing health, hearing aids, cochlear implants, and caring for your devices.
Tony in Michigan

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There has been a slight change.

One of our Audiologists is unable to make it due to the new COVID regulations changing her life schedule.

Karson Glass (also from Michigan ENT Allergy) will be subbing in for Erica Mandrick.

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Let's get the conversation started. What kinds of questions are good to ask an audiologist when you go for an appointment? What would you recommend to someone who is going to an audiologist for the first time?

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They audiologist should explain the process first..by passing out a written program of what the parts of the test will be…. For example there will be 4 parts to this test…they are as follows….. As a person with profound loss in one ear I sat there for a long time with nothing that I could hear going on…

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Ken82. I agree. All doctors should be better at understanding what we, who don't hear well, need. It's very intimidating to be sitting there wondering what happens next.

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If you're comfortable with it, take a family member or friend with you. If you know someone who uses hearing aids successfully, bring that person along. If told you would benefit from hearing aids ask plenty of questions about what they do besides amplify. I'm sure others will chime in here, so will let them suggest questions you might ask.

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@julieo4 In these days of smart phones.. and bluetooth.. remote mics and such… It is important to cover the interaction of those tech devices… It is now a totally different time than when I started with analog hearing aids with replaceable batteries ..

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@ken82

They audiologist should explain the process first..by passing out a written program of what the parts of the test will be…. For example there will be 4 parts to this test…they are as follows….. As a person with profound loss in one ear I sat there for a long time with nothing that I could hear going on…

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@ken82 I agree. Most audiologists do not know what it's like to live with hearing loss. We need to be more assertive on telling them how to better accommodate us. During my last audiologist visit, the audi would be talking to me while my hearing aids were "offline" during a programming sequence. I hear very little without my aids. Before I walked out of there, I suggested that they buy an Android tablet and install the Live Transcribe app. This way, I could read what they were saying when the aids were not working. I followed up with an email with a link to a product that would do the job.
Tony in Michigan

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@tonyinmi Absolutely… I should have pulled out my phone …that has that voice to text app on it…Come to think about it.. I need to do that when ever I go see any doctor… dentist.. even a store clerk..

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