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Back to Basics: More than First-Fit Fittings (PD102503)

Presenter(s): Steven Thomas Kulsar, PhD, AuD, CCC-A
Course Description

This session focuses on the use of in-situ measures and development of patient amplification prescriptions. The importance of in-situ measures is widely overlooked or misunderstood. Dissecting the benefits of this and other built-in manufacturer software features will provide opportunity for significant improvement in fitting outcomes and patient satisfaction over conventional first-fit settings. Proper implementation and use of these features should decrease time and effort in fitting and counseling, and decrease the need for repeat visits for re-programming.

This course is a recorded technical session from the 2021 ASHA Convention Virtual Library (session 4040V).

Learning Outcomes
You will be able to:

  • Apply in-situ measures in new and repeat fittings to maximize patient satisfaction 
  • Define differences in in-situ measures and conventional air-conduction measures used for first-fit calculation
  • Break down a fitting session by critically thinking beyond first-fit and acclimatization

Presenter Information

Dr. Steven Kulsar (Presenting Author) is a licensed audiologist, currently employed by HearingLife in Lorton, VA, where he performs an array of comprehensive assessments and provides education and treatment to patients, including hearing aid technology. Dr. Kulsar completed his undergraduate and AuD degrees at James Madison University and earned his PhD from Gallaudet University. He holds his Certificate of Clinical Competency in Audiology from ASHA.

Financial Disclosures:

  • None

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 June 20, 2027.

Program History and CE Information

Content origination date: November 2021
End date: June 20, 2027

This course is offered for 0.05 ASHA CEUs (Introductory level, Professional area).

Subscribers Ratings
PDH: 0.5
ASHA CEU*: 0.05
Item #(s): PD102503
Available Through: June 20, 2027