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Yet again on hearing aids
[resending - accidentally sent as personal mail last time - sorry Al!]
In my opinion, you can NEVER have too much data!
A rushed audiometric test covering the basic legal minimum of points is unlikely to give you enough data to fine tune an aid.
The subsequent trial-and-error cycle could take ages, because of the inaccurate starting point.
Additionally, this allows the dispenser to fit a clunky aid with few settings.
Sure, a theoretically perfect setting, using a fully-featured aid, REM etc might in fact need adjusting for the individual - but at
least you have the scope, aid and equipment to do that fine tuning.
> ----- Original Message -----
> From: "Al Bregman" <al.bregman@MCGILL.CA>
> To: <AUDITORY@LISTS.MCGILL.CA>
> Sent: Monday, March 29, 2004 6:36 AM
> Subject: Yet again on hearing aids
> > Dear Tom,
> > Unfortunately, the "system", as you call it, can take your
> > optimally designed, frequency-loss compensated, and perfectly
> > fitted device and shove it in the back of a dresser drawer. I am
> > told that a large proportion of hearing aids spend their lives in
> > this location.
> > Yes, you should ask the "system" what it wants and what it would
> > be comfortable with, if you want your help to be real, and not
> > just a perfect solution on paper.
> > Al
> > ----- Original Message -----
> > From: "Thomas G Brennan" <g_brennantg@TITAN.SFASU.EDU>
> > To: <AUDITORY@LISTS.MCGILL.CA>
> > Sent: Saturday, March 27, 2004 9:50 PM
> > Subject: Re: Inexpensive hearing aids
> > > Subjective preference is a whole new can of worms if you will.
> > We have (by the
> > > very fact of the need for a hearing aid) an auditory system not
> > functioning
> > > correctly and we fit it according to the preference of the
> > system?
> > >
> > > Tom
> > >
> > >
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