Hearing and Hearing Aids
The most sensitive and specific measures for hearing assessment today are unchanged from the techniques used for the past 50 years. At Mayo Clinic, researchers are trying to answer the remaining question of which transducer (earphone) to use when a patient has an eardrum perforation or has had a variety of ear surgeries. The purpose of this ongoing study is to investigate which earphone (supra-aural or insert) provides the most accurate measure of hearing sensitivity for individuals with pathological ears. The outcome will help audiologists use the most appropriate earphone for hearing assessments in the future.
Related to hearing aids, there are a number of ongoing research projects in the Mayo Clinic Hearing Aid Program. These projects are being conducted as quality-assurance measures to improve patient outcomes and clinical practice, and include:
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