Today I share the fourth article in a series I am writing for Ida Institute on person-centered care. The first article was about what person-centered care means to me — the hearing loss patient. The second article discussed why partnering with your patient is so important. The third article described how to make your audiologist office hearing loss friendly. This fourth article talks about how important creativity is to successfully implementing person-centered care. I look forward to sharing the final article with you soon.
Below find an excerpt from the fourth article. To read the full article, click here.
I love my hearing aids and wear them all the time. They help me hear better at home and at work, with friends, family and colleagues. But there are certain situations where hearing aids alone are not enough. Additional assistance is needed. Like when I am at the movies and use caption readers to augment the sound or attend the theater and enjoy a hearing loop. Other activities — going to a loud restaurant, talking on the phone or watching TV — are almost always a challenge, even with my hearing aids tuned in and turned up.
In these situations, assistive listening devices can be a big help, but when I ask my audiologists about them, I rarely get much information. They might suggest using a different program on my hearing aids, or adjusting the volume, but rarely provide more creative solutions. Most of the innovations I use today I learned from other people with hearing loss or from experimenting with work-arounds on my own. This shouldn’t be the case.
People with hearing loss come to their audiologist looking for answers that work for their specific hearing challenges. Don’t get trapped in a hearing aid only approach. Linking aids to other assistive listening devices will give your clients greater access in a wider variety of situations, an important goal of person-centered cared.
Click here to read the full article on Ida Institute and get your creative juices flowing.