Hearing Assistive Technology: A Viable Alternative to Hearing Aids
LN is an 88-year-old female who was seen for a hearing aid evaluation and consultation. LN attended the initial appointment alone. She reported having lost at least three pairs of hearing aids within the past 2 years (two sets of behind the ear [BTE], one pair of receiver in the canal [RIC]), all of which were acquired from other local facilities. LN reported she is unsure how she lost her hearing aids. While LN reportedly derived some benefit from her hearing aids, she had become frustrated with repeatedly losing or misplacing the devices.
Further discussions revealed that LN lives alone, but her daughter helps with daily activities including food shopping and house cleaning. Her lifestyle is self-described as “quiet,” with much of her time spent gardening and reading. Her social activities are limited to family members visiting her at home and monthly small group meetings at her church.