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Case Study – What Would You Do?

Below you will find the first in a continuing series of blog posts centered around patient identification and device selection. We encourage your participation and engagement by taking a look at the following information and answering the poll question that follows. The details here are a real life case study. We will be releasing what happened to this patient in the next blog post. Keep an eye out for the big reveal!

Patient Information

  • 85 year-old female
  • Active work and social life
  • Duration of Hearing Loss: 20 years
  • Hearing Aid Use: 20 years
  • Duration of HF Deafness: 1 year
  • Family history of hearing loss, presbycusis

Audiometric EvaluationAudiometric Eval

CNC Words (60 dBA)

  • Right Aided: 33%
  • Left Aided: 21%
  • Binaural: 45%

AzBio Sentences (+5 dB SNR)

  • Left Ear: 8%
  • Binaural: 5%

 

What Would You Do?

online poll by Opinion Stage

 

Want to know what happened with this patient? Stay tuned for the big reveal!

 

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