I often ask a patient, after we discuss a hearing problem with their hearing aids, “if you had a remote control, what might you do if you could with a remote control, to correct the problem”.
The answers to this question are quite innovative and thought provoking from brightening, clarifying, making louder, or helping others to talk more plainly. These descriptions assist in understanding a person and what “they” feel will help. As we chat further, solutions and a direction to help, come to be. We, as audiologists, should remain diligent in our efforts to listen first, decide as a team, and have a consensus of a correction. With today’s digital processing it is becoming so much easier to quickly help people to not only hear, but to understand to a level beyond their comprehension. Hey, where’s the remote???