Fitting Hearing Aids to a Patient with Mild Hearing Loss
NH is a 67-year-old woman who returned for an annual audiometric evaluation. In the previous audiometric evaluation, NH stated difficulty understanding speech in noise; however, she did not feel she experienced sufficient difficulty to warrant intervention. Upon returning for her annual evaluation, NH noticed greater difficulty with hearing, especially in noise. NH stated she is asking people to repeat more often and thinks it might be time to consider hearing aids. She reported tinnitus bilaterally that is more noticeable in her right ear. NH reported occasional dizziness and vertigo, but feels this may be related to the medication, which was previously discussed with her primary care physician. NH denied otalgia or aural fullness as well as noise exposure.