Doron Milstein, PhD, Hofstra University, Long Island, NY, USA.
Barbara E. Weinstein, PhD, Graduate School and University Center, CUNY, New York, NY, USA.
Hearing loss diminishes quality of life. The elderly rely on auditory input to maintain social contact and awareness of their environment, such that hearing loss in this age group can lead to isolation and withdrawal from the community. Most elderly individuals do not take advantage of available audiological services nor do they use hearing aids (HAs), the treatment of choice for their hearing loss. Modern HAs utilise digital technology and computer software to improve speech intelligibility. Current research reveals that HAs are effective in minimising the negative consequences of hearing loss in the daily functioning of the elderly. The availability of sophisticated technology allows for more efficient HA fitting, and allows the audiologist to spend more time counseling.
Key words: presbycusis, hearing aid technologies, rehabilitation, assistive listening devices.