ASSESSING CANDIDACY FOR HEARING AIDS

9.1 THE LOWER LIMIT OF AIDABLE HEARING LOSS

9.1.1 Attitude and motivation
9.1.2 Pure tone loss and audiogram configuration
9.1.3 Speech identification ability
9.1.4 Self reported disability and handicap
9.1.5 Acceptance of noise
9.1.6 Listening environment, needs and expectations
9.1.7 Stigma and cosmetic concerns
9.1.8 Manipulation and management
9.1.9 Age
9.1.10 Personality
9.1.11 Central auditory processing disorder
9.1.12 Tinnitus
9.1.13 Factors in combination
9.1.14 Counseling the unwilling patient: some examples

9.2 THE UPPER LIMIT OF AIDABLE HEARING LOSS

9.2.1 Poor speech identification ability
9.2.2 Hearing aids or cochlear implants?
9.2.3 Hearing aids and cochlear implants: bimodal and hybrid / electroacoustic stimulation
9.2.4 Hearing aids or tactile aids?

9.3 MEDICALLY RELATED CONTRA-INDICATIONS TO HEARING AID FITTING

9.4 CONCLUDING COMMENTS