The Audiologist - A Phonak podcast

The Audiologist - A Phonak podcast

“There isn’t just one type of tinnitus patient or intervention”

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In this episode of our podcast series based on the new guidelines for best practice in the audiological management of severe and profound hearing loss, Bernadette Fulton, audiology manager at Phonak HQ, talks to Neuropsychologist Dr. Maren Stropahl about tinnitus and how to treat it. A researcher at Sonova HQ and an expert in the field of Audiological Health Service Delivery, Maren knows all about effective tinnitus treatment approaches, depression and anxiety as potential contributing factors, and the correlation between tinnitus and the degree of hearing loss.

"You can lose your hearing frighteningly quickly or cruelly slowly." Lord Jack Ashley of Stoke

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In this episode, Dr. Lorraine Gailey, tackles the importance of including communication partners in audiological care. As previous CEO for Hearing Link, a rehabilitation service for adults with severe and profound hearing loss, Dr. Gailey knows that there are not many people who really understand what a person with severe and profound hearing loss must bear. This is why it is particularly important for hearing care professionals to provide the support needed to reduce the social isolation of these clients.

A life-changing decision: Starting the conversation

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Cochlear implants can be life changing for clients with severe and profound hearing loss. But what if the client is hesitant to get a cochlear implant? And which clients are candidates for a cochlear implant? Audiologist Judith Bird, Head of Audiology and Emmeline Centre for Hearing Implants at Cambridge University Hospitals, NHS Foundation Trust UK, provides answers to this and further questions around cochlear implants in this episode of our podcast series. In her conversation with Bernadette Fulton, audiology manager for severe to profound hearing loss at Phonak HQ, Judith encourages audiologists to start discussing cochlear implants with their clients before their hearing aids fail.

“Yes! Everyone with severe to profound hearing loss should be offered remote microphones.”

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Remote microphone systems should be offered to all clients with severe to profound hearing loss. Professor Linda Thibodeau and has shown through her research key benefits of remote microphones in challenging communication situations. Listen to Professor Thibodeau, from the University of Texas at Dallas, Callier Center for Communication Disorders, sharing her expertise with Bernadette Fulton, audiology manager at Phonak HQ in Switzerland.

“It becomes important to know exactly what the patient is receiving through their hearing aid.”

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People with severe and profound hearing loss have different needs in terms of their application than those with mild to moderate loss. In this episode of our podcast series, Bernadette Fulton, audiology manager for severe to profound hearing loss at Phonak HQ, talks to Pamela Souza, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Knowles Hearing Center at the Northwestern University in Illinois, US, about the benefits of wide dynamic range compression, the importance of the noise reduction algorithm, and the contribution of adaptive digital microphones to speech understanding in noise for this group.

“There are so many tools in our toolkit” when fitting hearing aids

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People with severe to profound hearing loss face different challenges and issues. How can hearing aids help to balance these out? Pamela Souza, Professor and Chair of the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders and Knowles Hearing Center at the Northwestern University in Illinois, US, provides answers to this and many further questions in this episode of our podcast series. As Pamela not just conducts research and lectures on severe and profound hearing loss, but is also a contributing author to the recently published guidelines for best practice in audiological management of severe and profound hearing loss, she has in-depth knowledge on the possibilities and limits of hearing aids and what these mean for fitting and counselling of her clients.

“Assessment is my favorite type of appointment.”

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What is the role of audiological assessment in the management of clients with severe and profound hearing loss? For Laura Turton, a clinical audiologist and editor of the recently published guidelines for best practice in audiological management of severe and profound hearing loss, the audiological assessment is a key element of the first appointment and beyond. In this episode of our podcast series hosted by Bernadette Fulton, audiology manager for severe to profound hearing loss at Phonak HQ in Switzerland, Laura underlines the importance of treatment plans, elaborates on what such a plan could look like and talks about a patient who could impressively improve her outcome based on a revised treatment plan.

Is that deaf with a capital D?

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In this episode of our podcast series based on the new guidelines for best practice in the audiological management of severe and profound hearing loss, we are looking into the nature of severe to profound hearing loss with guest speaker Laura Turton, a clinical audiologist and editor of the guidelines. She talks about the causes of this degree of hearing loss as well as what severe and profound hearing loss means for those affected. Laura also discusses the importance of a person-centered approach of audiological management for this target group and elaborates on her definition of a deaf identity in her conversation with Bernadette Fulton, audiology manager for severe to profound hearing loss at Phonak HQ in Switzerland.

Laura Turton - New Guidelines needed?

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In the first episode of our podcast series on severe to profound hearing loss, Bernadette Fulton, audiology manager for severe to profound hearing loss at Phonak HQ in Switzerland, talks to Laura Turton, a clinical audiologist from the UK, who was the editor of the recently published guidelines for best practice in the audiological management of severe and profound hearing loss. In discussion with Bernadette, Laura emphasizes the importance of the new guidelines, how they can be implemented in clinical practice and how they could contribute to better audiological care of people affected by severe and profound hearing loss.

We are no marriage counselors!

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In this episode of our podcast series on Family-Centered Care (FCC), Kris English, Professor Emeritus at the University of Akron, Ohio, USA, tackles difficult conversations and the emotional aspects of Family-Centered Care in audiological practice. How can difficult conversations be turned into therapeutic conversations? In discussion with Dr. Christine Jones, VP Audiology at Phonak US, Kris shares her personal FCC experience with her own family and gives practical tips on how to start involving family members and dealing with challenging communication situations.

About this podcast

‘The Audiologist’ is a podcast series created by Phonak to offer audiologists and people interested in audiology new perspectives on hearing health topics.

As the world’s leading hearing aid manufacturer, we regularly collaborate with top audiology experts from around the world. We launched this podcast to share their inspiring views and insights from the industry and the latest on research and learning. You will learn from the very best in their respective fields.

So, join us and our guest speakers for a fascinating journey reflecting on the past, present and future of audiology.

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