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For professionals

Guides and Insights

At Phonak, we understand that the journey to better hearing starts with you. That’s why we support hearing care professionals with innovative technologies, high-quality research, and best practice clinical resources to deliver exceptional care for your clients and to help grow your business.

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Well-hearing is well-being

The impact of hearing loss is often underestimated, when in fact it is a vital part of overall well-being and healthy living. This is true of pediatric care as well. Communication and establishing close relationships is essential for a child’s optimal social, emotional, and cognitive development. While hearing loss and communication challenges can impact well-being, growing evidence shows that hearing rehabilitation can provide benefits in three areas.¹

Social-emotional well-being

Hearing well fosters easier engagement, stronger connections, and a more positive outlook. In fact, hearing aid users and their communication partners report social benefits from using hearing technology.2

Cognitive well-being

Hearing well supports cognitive fitness, and more frequent use of hearing aids is associated with greater improvements in cognitive function.3

Physical well-being

Hearing well enables people to live a more active and healthier lifestyle, and hearing aids may promote higher activity level4, offer greater environmental awareness, and improved balance.5-7

 
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Severe-to-profound hearing loss in adults

Understanding the impact of severe-to-profound hearing loss brings into focus just how complex the auditory system can be. While there are many guides and resources for adults with hearing loss, it is uncommon to find similar resources that specifically address severe-to-profound hearing loss in adults.

Management of severe-to-profound hearing loss

A group of international experts in research and clinical practice developed recommendations on the audiological management of severe-to-profound hearing loss in adults. The result of this cooperation is a publication filled with expert guidance for hearing care professionals and are designed to help treat severe-to-profound hearing loss. Successfully managing these complex needs requires ongoing professional development of skills which support your patients on well-being with:

  • Continued hearing device optimization and maintenance 
  • Self-management strategies
  • Counseling and support
  • Referral onward when appropriate
 
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Pediatric audiology

As a pediatric audiologist, families will depend on you for support with accurate hearing assessments and timely, beneficial hearing solutions for their children. At Phonak, we have spent years building a strong leadership role in the field of pediatric audiology through scientific conferences featuring internationally renowned experts, evidence-based research, and innovative product development.

 
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Family-Centered Care

Family-Centered Care (FCC) recognizes the vital role that families play in audiological treatment and rehabilitation. To best deliver a level of care and integrate the family into the process, a whole-of-clinic approach is essential. All staff from front of house to clinicians need to be involved in applying FCC practices. A recent study at The University of Queensland, in collaboration with Sonova, identified key steps to improve FCC in adult audiology clinics.

  • Always invite a family member to attend with the client
  • Set up the physical environment so that family members are included in the appointment. For example, setting up a chair for the family member next to the client’s chair in the appointment room so that both client and family member are equal distance from the clinician
  • Start the appointment by letting the client and family member know that input from both will be sought during the appointment
 
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eAudiology

eAudiology includes technologies and services that enable remote care at each stage of the patient journey. This includes screenings, assessments, coaching, adjustments, monitoring, assistance, rehabilitation, and aftercare. Recent studies reveal that eAudiology removes barriers for access to care and affords more choice to patients and providers⁸

 

Resources

Partner with us

As a Phonak partner, you’ll get access to one of the industry-leading hearing solutions, our extensive resource library, marketing support to help your business grow, community events, training, and more.

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Footnotes

1. Vercammen, C., Ferguson, M., Kramer, S.E., et al. (2020). Well-Hearing is Well-Being. Hearing Review, 27(3), 18-22. Retrieved from https://www.hearingreview.com/hearing-loss/patient-care/counseling-education/well-hearing-is-well-being on June 1st, 2020.
2. Abrams, H.B., & Kihm, J. (2015). An Introduction to MarkeTrak IX: A New Baseline for the Hearing Aid Market. Hearing Review, 22(6), 16. Retrieved from https://www.hearingreview.com/2015/05/introduction-marketrak-ix-new-baseline-hearing-aid-market/ on March 25, 2021
3. Sarant, J., Harris, D., Busby, P., Maruff, P., Schembri, A., Lemke, U., & Launer, S. (2020). The effect of hearing aid use on cognition in older adults: Can we delay decline or even improve cognitive function? Journal of Clinical Medicine, 9(1), 254. https://doi.org/10.3390/jcm9010254
4. Dawes, P., Cruickshanks, K. J., Fischer, M. E., Klein, B. E. K., Klein,R., & Nondahl, D. M. Hearing-aid use and long-term health outcomes: Hearing handicap, mental health, social engagement, cognitive function, physical health, and mortality. Int J Audiol. 2015;54(11), 838 844. https://doi.org/10.3109/14992027.2015.1059503
5. Negahban H, Bavarsad Cheshmeh Ali M, Nassadj G. Effect of hearing aids on static balance function in elderly with hearing loss. Gait Posture. 2017;58:126-129.
6. Rumalla K, Karim AM, Hullar TE. The effect of hearing aids on postural stability. Laryngoscope. 2015;125(3):720-723.
7. Vitkovic J, Le C, Lee SL, Clark RA. The Contribution of Hearing and Hearing Loss to Balance Control. Audiol Neurotol. 2016;21(4):195-202. July 18, 2022 at 2:01 PM
8. Muñoz, K., Nagaraj, N. K. & Nichols, N. (2020). Applied tele-audiology research in clinical practice during the past decade: a scoping review. International Journal of Audiology. doi: 10.1080/14992027.2020.1817994