The mission of FindHearing.com is to inform, educate and empower consumers about the importance of hearing healthcare. In my new role as Editor of this section for Hearing Health Technology Matters (HHTM), I am excited to help create informative and useful content for hearing health professionals and the consumers they serve. I believe an educated consumer makes better decisions regarding their hearing health care and am excited that FindHearing’s mission promotes this process. My first task will be a series of posts describing person-centered care and the signposts consumers should look for when seeking an audiologist who practices this form of high-quality care.
An excerpt from my first article is below. Read the full article on HHTM.
Why Should People with Hearing Loss Care about PCC?
Person-centered Care (PCC) sounds technical, and something that audiologists and doctors should worry about, so why is it important for us – the people with hearing loss to understand what it is and how to look for it?
It helps us be an educated consumer.
The more we know about what constitutes high quality audiological care, the better we will be at making sure that we get it. When we know what to expect, we can demand the care we deserve.
It teaches us what to look for in a good audiologist.
Sometimes my hearing loss friends complain that their audiologists don’t seem to listen, or care about their needs. This is not acceptable, and if we know that, we will feel more comfortable finding someone who does.
It puts us in charge of our hearing health.
An audiologist that practices PCC will partner with us in our care. This is empowering and will increase the chances that we receive the best advice to navigate our specific communication challenges.