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It Connects, But Does It Actually Work? Hearing Aid Accessory and Feature Verification (PD102631)

Presenter(s): Callie Niemann, BS; Lindsey E Jorgensen, AuD, PhD, CCC-A
Course Description

Hearing aids are fit by audiologists based on audiometric data. However, features within the hearing aids, and accessories added to the hearing aids, can add to or detract from patient benefit. This recorded session from the ASHA Audiology 2022 Online Conference (Expanding Your Clinical Role track) describes and demonstrates the need for—and methods of—verification of features and accessories for hearing aids.

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Identify when additional verification is necessary 
  • Complete a verification of an accessory ordered with hearing aids 
  • Complete a verification of additional features within hearing aid programming


Fitting of:

  • FM system/remote microphone
  • Directional microphone
  • The “open fit” problem
  • Hearing aids as headphones
  • Sound generator programs
  • And other inputs (e.g., telephone, specific person, instrument, specific sound)

Presenter Information

Lindsey Jorgensen, AuD, PhD, CCC-A, is an Associate Professor at the University of South Dakota, where she teaches, does research, and sees patients clinically. Her area of research and clinic focus on customizing hearing assistive technology based on a patient's cognitive, audiologic, and physical needs. She teaches courses in amplification, counseling, advance diagnostics, hearing technology, and rehabilitation. Additionally, she serves as the Chair for the Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders as well as the Clinic Director for the USD Speech and Hearing Clinics.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Associate Professor at University of South Dakota
  • Research and presentations for various verification companies and hearing aid companies

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Callie Niemann, BS, is a second year Doctor of Audiology student at the University of South Dakota. She received her undergraduate degree in Communication Sciences and Disorders from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire. She was an SD Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental and Related Disabilities (LEND) Trainee for the 2021-2022 academic year. She currently serves as the SD Early Hearing Detection and Intervention (EHDI) graduate research assistant through a Health Resources and Service Administration (HRSA) grant.

Financial Disclosures:

  • Financial compensation from ASHA for this presentation
  • Student at the University of South Dakota

Nonfinancial Disclosures:

  • None

Assessment Type

Self-assessment—Think about what you learned and report on the Completion Form how you will use your new knowledge.

To earn continuing education credit, you must complete the learning assessment by January 17, 2028.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: September 2022
End date: January 17, 2028

This course is offered for 0.1 ASHA CEUs (Intermediate level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 1
ASHA CEU*: 0.1
Item #(s): PD102631
Available Through: January 17, 2028