Robin Stoner, AuD – Rush University Medical Center

“I test hearing on babies through geriatrics,
and at Rush we do tend to see quite a few patients who have special considerations. Maybe there’s a development delay that is
going to make a certain technique challenging. So we may have to mesh a few techniques together
in order to be able to get the best response to appropriately diagnose the patient. Without the hearing test you don’t know
if there’s hearing loss or not, and whether there is hearing loss or there isn’t, there
are some strategies and steps that we can take to improve hearing and communication. So even if somebody’s having trouble hearing
and they don’t have hearing loss, we can teach them some strategies to make communication
better. When we’ve identified a hearing loss, and
we find that it is not something that can be treated medically or surgically, then we
can prescribe a hearing aid. Today’s hearing aids are really good and
there are a lot of special features in today’s hearing aids that can help people with just
even a little bit of hearing loss, and of course today’s hearing aids are great for
those that have a lot of hearing loss, too.”

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