Amplification and Assistive Devices (AAD)
Instructional Level: Intermediate
Although 38 million people (USA) have hearing loss, an additonal 26 million American adults possess "normal hearing" yet complain of hearing difficulty and/or speech in noise problems. When these individuals consult audiologists, they are generally counseled regarding aural rehabilitation and listening strategies. However, they are typically not objectively tested to determine their SIN ability and they are generally not informed about commercially available tools which improve the signal-to-noise ratio, which may potentially resolve their listening and communication needs.